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City Manager's Goals for 2018

For 2018, the City Manager's goals promote transparent and inclusive government as well as promoting fiscal responsibility.  Please follow this link, 2018 Goals, to read more.

Ogdensburg Form of Government
Sarah Purdy
City Manager

Coralee Barrett
Administrative Secretary

Ph: (315) 393-6100
Fx: (315) 393-1136

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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. 

Power Concentration

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. 

City Managers

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 - 1978
  • Gerald F. Johnson, 1978 - 1983
  • Daniel W. Fitzpatrick, 1983 - 1987
  • John C. Krol, 1987 - 2005
  • Arthur J. Sciorra, 2006 - 2012
  • John M. Pinkerton, 2012 - 2015
  • Sarah Purdy, 2015 -  

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

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