The City of Shively operates under a Mayor-Council form of government. The Mayor-Council plan is the most common structure for governance used by cities in Kentucky. The distinguishing characteristic of the plan is a strict separation of powers between executive and legislative branches.
The executive authority of the City is vested in the Mayor, whose powers and duties are to enforce the Mayor-council plan, City ordinances and orders, and applicable state statues, supervise all City departments and the conduct of all city employees; report no less than annually to the city council regarding activities and condition of the city; promote procedures for administering city government, subject to approval by the council; preside at all meetings of the city council, but shall not be a member of the council; not have a vote, except to break a tie; make or execute all bonds, notes, contracts, and written obligations of the city; be the appointing authority for all city employees, except for the staff of the city council; and may administer the official oath to any elected or appointed officer of the City.
Additionally, the Mayor possesses the power to appoint all City officers, subject to the approval by the council and is charged with preparation and administration of the City budget. Legislative power is vested in a legislative body called the City council, and the council may not perform any executive function except as expressly permitted by statute. The size of the City council depends upon the class to which the City belongs and by ordinance of the City. Cities of the third class can have six (6) to twelve (12) members.
The council shall hold regular meetings, no less than monthly, at such times and places as fixed by ordinance. Special meetings of the council may be called by the Mayor or by a majority of the members. Sufficient notice of such meetings must be given, to comply with the provisions of KRS Chapter 61, the open meetings law. Only business specified in the call may be considered at a special meeting. Minutes shall be kept of the proceedings of all meetings of the council. The minutes shall be signed by the City Clerk and the presiding officer.
The council possesses legislative powers. The council provides for sufficient revenues to operate the City, and appropriates all such funds in an annual budget; establishes codes, rules and regulations for public health, safety and welfare of the employees and citizens of Shively.
The Mayor and City Council work as a team with the City of Shively employees to provide Shively residents with:
- Customer service delivered with respect, courtesy and dignity.
- Affordable, quality and innovative services.
- Zero tolerance for any activity which threatens our residents’ health, safety and welfare.
- Fiscal responsibility with accountability.
- An environment that fosters civic pride.