Our neighborhood organization operates under the City of Minneapolis government and has done so since 1932. The two major components to the neighborhood system of government are the elected Cedar-Riverside Neighborhood Council Directors and the Council’s Staff – including the Executive Director(s).
The Council is a consultative body, established through City policies, while the Executive Director(s) is the administrator, designated to carry out the directives of the Neighborhood Council. Our City’s City Council consists of a Mayor elected at large and six Council Members elected by district. The President and Council Directors serve 2 year terms – and represent distinct districts inside the neighborhood.
President of the Neighborhood Council
The President serves as a member and presiding officer of the Neighborhood Council. In addition to officiating at all neighborhood organization functions, the President takes an active role in promoting the neighborhood. The President also appoints members of the Standing and Advisory Committees, as well the various task forces created.
The Neighborhood Council, under the by-laws of the neighborhood organization, is given certain specific duties: to set policy, to appoint the Executive Director(s), to approve the budget, and to enact various policies, resolutions and ordinances. Enactment of a policies must be preceded by a public hearing. A majority vote of the Neighborhood Council is required to pass such decisions. Council directors also make appointments to certain citizen advisory committees.
The Executive Director(s), appointed by the Neighborhood Council, is the chief administrative officer of the Neighborhood Council. It is the positions responsibility to supervise and coordinate the work of the neighborhood staff, committees, prepare and submit to Neighborhood Council an annual budget estimate, enforce applicable organizational by-laws, policies, and decisions – as well as ensure the organizations complies with applicable City ordinances and state laws. The position(s) also execute all contracts, leases and deeds authorized by Neighborhood Council. The Executive Director(s) keeps the Neighborhood Council informed about the fiscal condition and future needs of the neighborhood organization and has the sole power to appoint and remove all staff in the administrative services of the organization.