City Administrators Office

City Administrators Office

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The City Administrator's Office is responsible for the executive management of the highly diverse operations of the City of Ann Arbor. The City Administrator provides leadership, vision, and direction to City Departments, implements City Council policy, and works with City Council and administrative staff to craft strategic and financial planning objectives.

The City Administrator also serves in a highly visible capacity as an ambassador for the community and to other governmental agencies.

Duties Include

General Administration
Organizational Development
Community Relations
Intergovernmental Relations
Council Support/Relations
City Budget and Financial Planning
Human Resources and Labor Relations.

Message from city administrator - March 31, 2017

Welcome to the City Administrator's Office.  It is our pleasure and privilege to serve the Ann Arbor Community, and to support City staff's mission to deliver exceptional services that sustain and enhance a vibrant, safe, and diverse community.  In our efforts to provide the core functions of government, we have integrated the following goals into each service area:

We will deliver exceptional service to the public.

We will support and enable sustainable economic development.

We will protect and ensure the financial health of your City assets.

We will integrate external engagement into what we do, operating openly and transparently.

We will leverage information technology to increase the efficiencies and effectiveness of our work.

We will strengthen human capital by recruiting, developing, and retaining exceptional City staff.

These goals form the basis of our Organizational Strategic Plan, and are supported by the following core values of our community: 

  • We are accountable to the public we serve.
  • We committed to the pursuit of excellence in all of our endeavors.
  • We value our integrity and are completely trustworthy.
  • We are proper stewards of the public trust and environment.
  • We work as a team on behalf of our community.
  • We ensure that we perform all of operations safely.

Your support and partnership is the key to unlock the potential of your City government.  Please remain committed to our community, continually communicate with us, and we hope we can better serve you!

— Howard Lazarus, Ann Arbor City Administrator


City Administrator
Howard S. Lazarus

Contact Information
301 E. Huron St. 
Ann Arbor, MI 48107
ext. 41102


Sara Higgins
Strategic Planning Project Coordinator