In This Section:
Commisioners, from left, Vice-Mayor Jeanette Jamieson, Mayor Evan Hellenga, Terry Carter, Gail Fry and David Austin
City Governed by Commission-Manager
The City of Toccoa operates under the Commission-Strong Manager form of government. Five City Commissioners are elected at large for four-year overlapping terms. The City Commission elects one of its members to serve as Mayor annually. The Mayor acts as the primary representative of the City of Toccoa.
The Commission is responsible for approving all major city policies, all local laws and the annual budget. In addition, they appoint and evaluate the City Manager and the City Clerk.
The appointed City Manager oversees the day-to-day operations of all City departments. He supervises the City’s department heads. The Manager is responsible for preparing the annual budget, evaluating and supervising all department heads, assuring that all policies and ordinances are enforced and recommending policy changes as required.
Although subordinate to the commission, the manager is granted substantial executive power, with the authority to remove personnel, prepare the budget and report to the commission.