You can't fight in here. This is the War Room!
This is the most important answer to this thread's question.I worked for both a manager-council and mayor-council form of government. At my current jurisdiction, it is a manager-council form of government we have had a strong confident manager who clearly defined his role and had confidence in staff to carry out policies that he set. We also had managers (interim and permanent) who lacked confidence in themselves and leaned on the elected officals for day to day guidance and as result tended to micromanaged staff and questioned day to day task. I prefer clear consistent policy and the confidence that as a professional planner that I will operate under those expectations.