The city of New Hope is a statutory city with a Plan B council-manager form of government.
The Minnesota Constitution permits two governance options for cities, counties and other local units of government. Statutory cities, such as New Hope, gain their authority from a city code. Home rule charter cities obtain their power from a home rule charter.
New Hope uses the Plan B, council-manager governance model. The council-manager form of government combines the strong political leadership of elected officials with the strong managerial experience of a professional city manager appointed by the city council. In the council-manager model, political power is concentrated in the entire governing body, not one individual. The mayor and council share legislative functions. Elected officials set city policy, while the city manager oversees the day-to-day operations of the community. The manager carries out the policies established by the mayor and city council with an emphasis on effective, efficient, and equitable service delivery.
In 2007, more than 3,500 (49 percent) of the 7,171 U.S. cities and towns with populations of 2,500 residents or more operated under the council-manager form of government.