The Administrative Department consists of members of the City Commission, the City Manager, Assistant City Manager, City Secretary, and Receptionist. The City Commission is responsible for policy, leadership, and the general direction of the City Government. The Mayor and two Commissioners are elected at-large from the City, and four Commissioners are elected from specific places or wards within the City.
The City Manager has no set term of office but serves at the will of the governing body. The Commission is responsible for setting policy, and the City Manager is the Chief Executive Officer and the head of the administrative branch of the City government under the charter of the City of Hereford.
The responsibility of this department includes budget preparation and execution, as well as overall administration of City Ordinances and policy as adopted by the City Commission. The City Secretary’s duties include personnel/payroll, records management, municipal elections, public information official, and event planner. She serves as clerk to the City Commission and secretary to the City Manager.
The Mayor, along with Commissioner Place One and Commissioner Place Three are elected in odd-numbered years, and Commissioner Place Two, Commissioner Place Four, Commissioner At-Large Place Five, and Commissioner At-Large Place Six are elected in even-numbered years. Elections to the positions are held in May of each year for two-year terms.
The City of Hereford is a "Home Rule" Municipality. Municipalities adopting home rule charters have the full power of local self-government and may exercise any power not prohibited by the Constitution or laws of the State of Texas. The City of Hereford operates under a charter approved in an election held on September 6, 1952.
The City Commission meets twice per month on the 1st and 3rd Mondays at 6:30 PM in the Commission Chamber at City Hall.