The Town of Black Mountain adopted the Council-Manager form of government in 1986. The Town Manager is directly responsible to the Board of Aldermen for administration of Town affairs placed in his [or her] charge by them and as required by North Carolina General Statute 160A-148. He [or she] shall appoint and suspend or remove all city officers and employees not elected by the people, and whose appointment or removal is not otherwise provided for by law, except the city attorney, in accordance with general personnel rules, regulations, policies, or ordinances as the council may adopt.
Other statutory responsibilities include preparation of the annual budget and capital improvement program, and submission of an annual report detailing the financial and administrative activities of the Town. The more general guidelines of the Board of Aldermen require the Manager to insure that the delivery of municipal services is carried out in accordance with both the directives of the Board of Aldermen and all applicable laws and ordinances.