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Role of the mayor compared in Tucson and Phoenix

Most of the following provisions are taken from the respective city charters. Paraphrases are in brackets.

Comparison information

Chief executive officer

Tucson
The mayor shall be the chief executive officer of the city, and ex officio chairman of the council, and shall see that the ordinances thereof are enforced.

Phoenix
The Mayor shall be the chief executive officer of the City, and ex-officio chairman of the Council, and shall see that the ordinances thereof are enforced.

Preside at council meetings

Tucson
The mayor, when present, shall preside at all meetings of the council.

Phoenix
The mayor shall be the presiding officer. From the Phoenix Code of Ordinances.

Annual and periodic reports to council

Tucson
The mayor shall annually, and from time to time, give the council information relative to the affairs of the city, and recommend for its consideration such matters as he may deem expedient.

Phoenix
The Mayor shall annually and from time to time give the Council information relative to the affairs of the City, and recommend for its consideration such matters as he may deem expedient.

Official head of city

Tucson
The mayor shall be recognized as the official head of the city by the courts for the purpose of service of civil process upon the city and instituting any action or proceeding at law or equity for and in behalf of the city, and appearing in any manner before the courts on behalf of the city; he shall be recognized by the governor and other state officials as the chief and official head of the city.

Phoenix
The Mayor shall be recognized as the official head of the City by the courts for the purpose of service of civil process upon the City and the instituting of any action or proceeding at law or equity for and in behalf of the City, and appearing in any manner before the courts on behalf of the City; he shall be recognized by the governor and other State officials as the chief and official head of the City.

Emergency powers

Tucson
The mayor shall take command of the police and govern the city by proclamation during times of great danger.

Phoenix
The Mayor shall govern the City during times of great emergency and shall make proclamations necessary rising out of that emergency.

Voting

Tucson
[The mayor is prohibited by the charter from voting on the firing of the city manager, city attorney, city clerk, finance director, police chief, fire chief and magistrates.]

Phoenix
The Mayor shall be the presiding officer and have a voice and vote in all Council proceedings. From the Phoenix Code of Ordinances.

Agenda

Tucson
[The mayor is chair of the agenda committee. He may be overridden by a majority of the committee members voting on the agenda. Committee members include council members or their designated representatives. From the Mayor and Council Rules and Regulations.]

Phoenix
The agenda shall be set by the Mayor, provided that an item may be placed on the agenda upon the written request of four Council members. From the Phoenix Code of Ordinances.

Quorum

Tucson
[The mayor does not count toward meeting quorum requirements.]

Phoenix
[The mayor counts toward meeting quorum requirements.]

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