As voters in the city of Tucson prepare to elect a new mayor this November, Arizona 360 heard from former mayor Tom Volgy to get his take on the powers of the office. Volgy served as mayor from 1987 to 1991. Prior to that, he spent a decade on the City Council.
"There are formal powers for the mayor, which means that he or she is the chief policymaker of the city," Volgy said. "There's also the kind of power that you steal. Which is to make sure that there's appropriate oversight over the administration or the city manager and how the policies are actually being executed. That becomes really ambiguous because the charter is not very clear about the authority that the mayor really has."