Golden Valley—Plan B Statutory City

Minnesota has two basic types of city governance: statutory cities, which operate under the statutory city code, and home rule charter cities, which operate under a local charter.

Most statutory cities in Minnesota have a weak mayor-council governing system. This means the mayor has all the powers and duties of a council member in addition to those of mayor. The council as a whole retains ultimate administrative and legislative responsibility and authority, except where an independent board, such as a utilities commission, has one or more specific functions.

In contrast, home rule charter cities define the powers of their elected and appointed staff through their city charters.

Statutory cities may choose from three forms of government organization: Standard Plan, Plan A, and Plan B. Golden Valley is one of 16 Plan B cities in Minnesota.

Plan B Form of Government

The Plan B form of government is also known as the council-manager plan. It consists of the elected mayor, four elected council members, and an appointed city manager. Although the council retains its legislative and policy-making authority, it delegates administrative responsibilities, such as hiring and firing city employees, to the city manager. The council’s control over these matters is indirect, through its selection and retention of a manager. Several of Minnesota’s 107 home rule charter cities have also adopted the council-manager plan through their city charters.

Information about Plan B cities is located at www.lmnc.org or in the Minnesota Statutes at www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/statutes.asp.