The City of Bowie has a council-manager form of government. The City Council is the governing body of the City, elected by, and responsible to the voters for the operation of the City. The Council has oversight function and general responsibility for municipal affairs through budgeting and setting policy. The Council appoints and directs the City Manager.
The City Manager is the chief administrative officer of the city. He supervises all departments and is responsible for the effective management of all financial and administrative actions of the city. He is responsible for implementing all policy matters established by the City Council and enforcing all city ordinances.
The Manager keeps the City Council informed through a variety of reporting procedures that assist the Council in its policy making role. The following functions are part of the City Manager's Office: