In 1908, a single city adopted what would eventually become the council-manager form of government. In 2009, more than 3,500 cities with populations of 2,500 or greater use the form as well 819 counties. With the hundredth anniversary of the establishment of the city manager position in Staunton, Virginia, which ultimately led to the council-manager form of government, it is appropriate to take stock of what the form means, its current status in local government, and its continuing significance. (Council-Manager Form Resource Package)

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