Organizing human and physical resources to provide the best quality of life for the Citizens of Claremont is the daily focus of the administration for the City of Claremont. You are encouraged to make an appointment at City Hall to speak with the City Manager during business hours.
In Claremont, the Mayor and City Council serve part-time and are elected on a non-partisan basis. Under the council-manager form of government, the City Council acts as the legislative body in establishing policy and law and the City Manager handles the day-today management of the City organization. The Mayor is elected to a four-year term and serves as the presiding officer at city council meetings and as the official head of the city for ceremonial purposes. The five City Council members are elected at-large for staggered four-year terms. The City Council appoints a professional City Manager, who serves as the Council’s chief adviser, and the City Manager appoints the employees of the City.
The City Manager is the CEO of the City government and is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the City. When the City Council makes a decision on an ordinance, law, or policy, the City Manager is responsible for implementing those policies. The Manager coordinates the operations of all City departments and is responsible for the preparation of a proposed operating budget and its presentation to the City Council. This annual budget as adopted by Council provides funding, staffing, and general guidance to the City departments for the fiscal year.
The council-manager form has become the most popular type of local government in the United States. North Carolina cities and counties helped pioneer the form and all North Carolina local governments of significant size operate under this form of government. To learn more about professional city managers take a quick look at the life well run campaign. www.lifewellrun.org
City Hall is located at 3288 East Main Street and houses the City Manager, Finance Officer, City Clerk, Accounts Payable, Planning, and Water & Sewer Billing. Our office hours are Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. For your convenience we offer a drive up payment window and night deposit box for after-hours payments.