The City of Ogdensburg operates under the Council-Manager form of local government, which combines the strong political leadership of an elected City Council with the strong professional experience of an appointed local government administrator.
Under the Council-Manager form, power is concentrated in the elected council, which hires a professional administrator to implement its policies. This appointee serves at the pleasure of the council and has responsibility for preparing the preliminary annual budget, directing day-to-day operations, hiring and firing personnel, and serving as the council’s chief policy advisor.
In Ogdensburg, the Council-Manager form of government was established on January 1, 1970, through a Charter referendum held in 1969. Ogdensburg has had eight City Managers since 1970:
Francis J. Culross Jr., 1970 to 1978
Gerald F. Johnson, 1978 to 1983
Daniel W. Fitzpatrick, 1983 to 1987
John C. Krol, 1987 to 2005
Arthur J. Sciorra, 2006 to 2012
John M. Pinkerton, 2012 to 2015
Sarah Purdy, 2015 to 2020
Stephen P. Jellie, 2020 to 2022
Mohideen Buharie 2023
Powers and Duties of the City Manager
Chief Executive Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of the City and is responsible to the City Council for the administration of all City affairs
Directs and supervises all departments, offices, and agencies of the City
Serves in the absence of the appointment of a department head