can mayor give directives to the police department?
- AlbannachLv 64 weeks ago
The laws on that differ from state to state. Here in Texas, an elected mayor is considered a peace officer with a higher rank than the chief of police.
- STEVEN FLv 74 weeks ago
In many cities, the mayor can fire the Chief of Police, or whatever the title is for the highest ranking person in the department.
Even if they don't have direct authority to give orders, telling the Chief that if they don't do something, they won't retain their position tends to get action.
- Pepper, PhDLv 61 month ago
It depends on the city. In some cities the mayor is the chief executive. In others, the mayor is just one member of the city council and has no more power than other council members, other than in running the council meetings.
When there is a city manager, the chief of police usually answers to him/her, not the council or the mayor.
Politically, a chief of police would listen to what a mayor has to say even if the mayor has no authority.Source(s): Worked in local government for 27 years
- Anonymous1 month ago
The Mayor oversees the Chief of Police and staff. Yes.
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- BruceLv 71 month ago
The mayor oversees all the city departments. That would include the police.
- Jack BootLv 61 month ago
Yes. He is their boss.
- scott bLv 71 month ago
No. But they can give directives to the Chief of Police, would would then pass those directives down to the department.