What is the Commission-Manager form of government?

The Commission-Manager form is the system of local government that combines the strong political leadership of elected officials in the form of a commission or other governing body, with the strong managerial experience of an appointed local government administrator or manager. The form establishes a representative system where all power is concentrated in the elected commission and where the commission hires a professionally trained administrator to oversee the delivery of public services. In Longwood, a 5 member commission is elected at-large in non-partisan elections. Their terms are for 3 years.

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1. What is the Commission-Manager form of government?
2. Is it a responsive form of government?
3. What is the Mayor and Commission's function?
4. What is the City Manager's function?
5. Does the City Manager participate in policy determination?
6. Are all Commission-Manager governments structured the same way?
7. How much citizen participation is possible under Commission-Manager government?