Ogdensburg Form of Government
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 seven 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
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
- Serves as personnel director