The Town of Harrisburg operates under the Council-Manager form of government.The council is the legislative body; its members are the community’s decision makers. Power is centralized in the elected council, which approves the budget and determines the tax rate, for example. The council also focuses on the community’s goals, major projects, and such long-term considerations as community growth, land use development, capital improvement plans, capital financing, and strategic planning.
The council-manager form of government combines the political leadership of elected officials and the administrative experience of a professional manager. The mayor and members of Town Council set policy and establish the goals and vision of the town, and the manager works towards implementation. It is a system designed to promote effective management with transparency and accountability. Departments managed by the town manager include Administration, Finance, Fire, Police, Public Works, Planning & Zoning, Customer Service and Parks & Recreation.