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The City of Gardner is a Mayor-Council form of government.  The Mayor and the five Council members are elected at-large. Together, the Mayor and City Council Members make up the Governing Body. The City Clerk and the City Attorney serve as key resources to the Governing Body in various capacities.

The Governing Body utilizes four, long-term, "strategic goals" to guide their decision-making:

  • Promote Economic Development
  • Increase Infrastructure/Asset Management
  • Maintain/Improve Quality of Life
  • Improve Fiscal Stewardship

The Governing Body abides by the Governing Body Rules of Procedure while conducting the business of the city on behalf of Gardner's citizens.

Depending on the the city's charter and state laws, they may perform the following functions:*  

  • Review and approve the annual budget and related financial documents; award municipal contracts
  • Establish long- and short-term objectives and priorities
  • Oversee performance of the local public employees
  • Oversee effectiveness of programs
  • Establish tax rates
  • Borrow funds
  • Pass ordinances and resolutions
  • Modify the city's charter
  • Regulate land use through zoning laws
  • Regulate business activity through licensing and regulations
  • Establish policies necessary to promote the health, safety and welfare of the city and its residents
  • Exercise the power of eminent domain
  • Communicate policies and programs to residents
  • Respond to constituent needs and complaints
  • Appoint the City Administrator and represent the city to the public and other governmental bodies
*List of functions provided by National League of Cities

City Officials are:

Council Group PicB 2018