Mayor's Office

The Mayor is elected and serves a term of four years.  The Mayor takes office on the date of the first regular scheduled meeting of the City Council held in December following the statewide general election.
The Mayor is responsible for overseeing departments and executing policies, including: 
  • Assuring that all city services are delivered to the citizens of Geneva in an effective, efficient, and equitable manner and in compliance with City Council policy
  • Overseeing long-range planning and improvement of departmental management and service delivery
  • Serving as a catalyst for developing community-wide goals and mobilizing the resources to attain them
  • Serving as the primary outreach arm of the city government to other cities and other government entities
Powers and Duties
  • The Mayor presides at all meetings of the City Council and may vote when his or her vote would provide the additional vote required to attain the number of votes equal to a majority of the number of members elected to the Council on any pending matter, legislation, or transaction
  • The Mayor has the power to veto or sign any ordinance passed by the City Council.  Any ordinance vetoed by the Mayor may be passed over the veto by a vote of two-thirds of the members of the Council.
  • The Mayor has the power to require any officer of the City of Geneva to exhibit his or her accounts or other papers and to report to the Council regarding his or her office
  • The Mayor has the power to remit fines and forfeitures and to grant reprieves and pardons of all offenses arising under the ordinances of the city
  • The Mayor has such jurisdiction, as may be vested in him or her by ordinance, over all places within five miles of the corporate limits of the city, for enforcement of any health or quarantine ordinance and regulation thereof, and shall have jurisdiction in all matters vested in him or her by ordinance, excepting taxation, within one-half mile of the corporate limits of the city