MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. Mount Vernon has a "strong mayor" system of government with a five-member City Council and a comptroller who advises both the mayor and council on financial policies.
Both the mayor and the comptroller serve four-year terms. The current mayor is Ernie Davis, who won reelection in 2011 after previously having served as the city's mayor from 1995 to 2007. The mayor is elected citywide and serves as the chief executive officer (CEO) of the city. This form of government differs from neighboring municipalities like New Rochelle, which function under a city manager form of government where the manager is appointed by the City Council to serve as CEO.
Maureen Walker is the city's comptroller. The comptroller is responsible for short and long-term planning and the implementation of the city's financial policies and practices. The comptroller manages the city's cash and assures a maximum return on invested funds, while the Finance Department assures fiscal integrity and compliance with the law and the City Charter.
Council members are elected to four-year terms in a citywide election. Currently, Roberta Apuzzo is the council president. Other City Council members are J. Yuhana Edwards, Deborah Reynolds, Richard Thomas and Karen Watts-Yedudah. Each council member also serves as the chair of various municipal committees, including Public Works and Human Resources. These appointments are effective for one year.
The city clerk, currently George Brown, is responsible for managing the city's records. The clerk is involved with the City Council and the Board of Estimate and Contract, which approves spending by the city. The clerk provides such other services as issuing marriage licenses and birth certificates.
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