The City of Seven Hills has a strong Mayor and Council form of government. The Mayor of Seven Hills serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the city. The Mayor is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the city and sets the vision for the community. The Mayor is the sole hiring/firing authority for the city, responsible for all appointments, and responsible for signing all contracts. The Mayor serves a four-year term and current Mayor Richard Dell'Aquila's term runs until 2015.
City Council is responsible for the approval of all purchases. They serve as the keeper of the city's finances. There are seven council members. Four wards in the city each have an individual councilman and then there are also three at-large councilmembers that service the entire city. Both the Mayor and all seven councilmembers can introduce legislation. Councilmembers serve a two-year term and the next elections will be 2013.
City Council has many committees chaired by each council member including:
- Finance, Civil Service and Personnel - Michael C. Barth
- Sewers, sanitation,Public Health and Water - Matt Trafis
- Planning, Zoning and Building Codes - Thomas Snitzky
- Parks,Recreation and Public Property - Joseph M. Tripi
- Rules, Ordinances, Ethics, Franchises, Welfare and Recycling - Caryl Lecznar
- Police, Fire, Safety and Service - Pete Draganic
- Streets, Sidewalks and Utilities - David Bentkowski
Residents are welcome to attend any council committee meeting, any council caucus meeting, or the official Council meeting. If a resident has a problem, they are encouraged to contact a councilmember first before they attend a meeting so the councilmember can research the problem in advance.
Appointed officials serve at the pleasure of the Mayor. These consist of mostly executive level department heads - the Mayor's "cabinet" if you will. They are usually appointed to a one or two year term and often their appointment must be confirmed by council. This roster of appointed officials is very impressive with many holding advanced degrees or special certifications that are required by law. Several appointed department heads have experience working previously for the city as a councilmember or for other communities.
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