The City of Puyallup operates under the Council-Manager form of municipal government. The City Councilmembers are the leaders and policymakers elected to represent the community and to concentrate on policy issues that are responsive to citizens' needs and wishes. The City Manager, appointed by the Council, serves as the City's chief executive officer.
The role of the City Manager's Office is to:
> Implement the policies established by the City Council > Ensure that City programs and operations meet the needs of Puyallup residents > Provide leadership, administrative direction, and coordination of all City departments > Work collaboratively with regional partners
The City Manager also oversees several divisions and major programs within the City Manager's Office itself: