Your City Government at Work
|The City of Pikeville operates under the city manager form of government which largely resembles the commission plan, in that the city elects four commissioners and a mayor to serve on the board of commissioners. The board of commissioners appoints a city manager who acts as the chief administrative officer for the city. This individual is a professional who is employed by the city to run the operational affairs of the city on a day-to-day basis.
Cities in Kentucky currently have the power to govern within their boundaries without specific legislation authorizing each particular function. Before 1980, cities had to rely almost exclusively on the General Assembly to authorize various functions. However, with home rule, cities can function in any way that does not directly conflict with state or federal law. Specific cases of such conflicts vary in terms of their standing but generally speaking, cities have broad authority over their residents and can add to state and federal law but cannot subtract from it.