The administration of the City of Gig Harbor follows the lead of the Council. While the role of the Council is to set the policies and thus the direction for the City, the administration is responsible for implementing Council-approved policies. Administration covers the day-to-day management of operations.
In essence, the Council "steers" and the executive office and the administration "rows." All departments report to the Mayor. The Mayor delegates responsibilities to the City Administrator at his/her discretion.
The City Administrator is appointed by the Mayor to manage the City's daily business, to supervise all city departments and offices, and to carry out the Council's policies by directing the work of City staff.