Surprise operates under a council-manager form of government. Under this system the city council determines city policy, passes ordinances, and approves a balanced budget each year.
The city manager is responsible for carrying out the council-created policies, and directing the day-to-day operations of city government. The manager reports directly to the city council, and is subject to council performance reviews. The city manager is also responsible for drafting a balanced budget for council review and approval each year.
The Surprise City Council appointed Michael Frazier as City Manager in November 2018. He had been the city’s Assistant City Manager since July 2015 and the Police Chief prior to that beginning in February 2011. Read Bio
The City Manager’s Office is supported by an Assistant City Manager (vacant) and three Deputy City Managers.