Form of Government

The Council-Manager form of government is established in the Nogales City Code. According to the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the Council-Manager form of local government combines the strong political leadership of elected officials with the strong managerial experience of an appointed professional local government manager.

This model is used widely throughout the United States and by virtually every local government in the state of Arizona. It is most closely compared to the model used in the private sector where there is a board of directors, and then there is a chief executive officer that reports to the board and manages the day-to-day operations of the company.

The chairman of the board would be compared to the mayoral role in the Council-Manager form of government. The chief executive or administrative role would be closely aligned to the role of the City Manager. In the Council-Manager form, the City Manager works closely with the Mayor to ensure the policies of the City Council as a whole are implemented.

In Council-Manager communities such as the City of Nogales, the Mayor presides at City Council meetings, serves as a spokesperson for the community, facilitates communication among elected and appointed officials, assists the City Council in setting goals and advocating policy decisions, and serves as a promoter of the community.

The City Manager is hired to serve the City Council and the community and to provide the benefits of training and experience in administering local government projects and programs. Some of the City Manager’s responsibilities are:

  • Preparing a budget for the City Council’s consideration
  • Recruiting, hiring and supervising City staff
  • Serving as the City Council’s chief advisor
  • Carrying out the City Council’s policies
  • City Council members and residents count on the City Manager to provide complete and objective information, including alternatives and long-term consequences.

Deputy City Manager

John KissingerJohn has worked with the City of Nogales since 1981. He began his career protecting and serving our community as a police officer. As an experienced police officer, John rose through the ranks and was promoted to Chief of Police in 2001. John was the first police officer from the Nogales Police Department to graduate from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA.

He successfully oversaw a $5 million dollar annual Police Department budget with a work force of more than 80 staff members and hundreds of thousands of dollars in public safety equipment. John continues to work closely with public safety officials.

John Kissinger is a genuine leader and manager. John, whom is bilingual, has extensive administrative knowledge in operations and management. In 2007, he assumed the duties of Deputy City Manager.

With his direction, 300 employees including 13 Directors sustain the cities 13 departments, ensuring quality and constant public services and amenities throughout the City of Nogales. John provides targeted strategic leadership to improve existing policies to enhance customer satisfaction.

John is actively engaged with many Nogales community volunteer groups and participates in events, which bring our community together.