West Milton is a home rule municipal corporation which has been organized in accordance with the provisions of the Ohio Revised Code. West Milton adopted a Charter in 1965 and has since amended said Charter in 1974 and 1991. The Charter gives our town a broader authority to manage our own municipal affairs. The Charter provides for a Council-Manager form of government. The Council-Manager form has become the most popular structure of local government in the United States since its establishment in Staunton, Virginia in 1908.
The Council-Manager form combines the strong political leadership of elected officials with the strong managerial experience of an appointed manager. The power and authority to approve legislation and to set broad policy rests with the elected Village Council. The Council, in turn, hires a professional manager who has the broad authority to oversee and manage the day-to-day operations of the Village departments.
The Council consists of seven members elected at large for four year overlapping terms, one of whom shall be a Mayor-Councilmember, and another who shall be the Vice-Mayor-Councilmember. The terms of Council members begin the first Tuesday after the first of January following their election. Council is empowered to determine all matters of general policy by Ordinance or Resolution. The Council enacts ordinances and resolutions relating to our town’s services, appropriations, and all other municipal purposes. The Mayor serves as the official and ceremonial head of the presiding officer at meetings of the Council. In addition, the Mayor has all the judicial and military power granted to Mayors of municipal corporations by the laws of the State. The Vice-Mayor may perform the same duties in the absence of the Mayor. The Charter establishes certain administrative departments and authorizes the Council to establish additional departments, offices, and agencies as needed.
The West Milton Municipal Manager is the Chief Executive Officer. Appointed by the Village Council, the Manager is responsible for the administration of all municipal affairs as assigned under the Charter of the Municipality of West Milton. The Manager prepares and submits an annual budget and capital improvements program and administers the appropriations therein.
The Council also appoints a Municipal Clerk who gives notice of council meetings to the public, keeps the journal of its proceedings and performs other duties as assigned by the Council.
Other principal officers of West Milton are the Director of Finance, Law Director and Director’s of Safety and Service. As of 2016, our town has 20 full-time employees.