can mayor give directives to the police department?

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  • 4 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.

  • 4 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.

  • 1 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
  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    The Mayor oversees the Chief of Police and staff.  Yes.

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  • Bruce
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The mayor oversees all the city departments. That would include the police. 

  • 1 month ago

    Yes.  He is their boss.

  • 1 month ago

    No. But they can give directives to the Chief of Police, would would then pass those directives down to the department.

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