Thomas J. Sheridan, City Manager

Form of Government

Since January 6, 1958, the City of Hudson has operated under the Mayor-Council-Manager form of government. This form of government combines the political leadership of elected officials with the managerial experience of an appointed administrator. 

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Role of the City Manager

The City Manager is appointed by City Council to enforce its laws, to direct the daily operations of City government, to prepare and monitor the principal budget, and to implement policies and programs initiated by City Council. City Council sets annual goals, priorities, and objectives for the City Manager. The City Manager is responsible to the Council as a whole. 

The City Manager leads the day-to-day operations of the City to ensure Council goals and objectives are met. The City Manager directs all City staff. Appointments of some staff positions, including Police, Chief, Fire Chief, and City Solicitor, require Council approval. 

Authority flow is as follows:

  1. Citizens to City Council.
  2. City Council to the City Manager.
  3. City Manager to Assistant City Managers, to department managers, and then to subordinate staff.

City Manager Update -- February 2024

Fasten your seatbelts for an exciting journey into 2024, where several innovative projects and initiatives await, designed to elevate Hudson's standing as one of Northeast Ohio's premier cities.

I cordially invite you to join me for the State of the City Address on February 22 at 8:30 a.m. at The Country Club of Hudson. Learn about our remarkable accomplishments and get a sneak peek into the exciting plans we have in store for this year. Ensure your spot by registering for the event through the Hudson Chamber of Commerce.

If you can’t attend, catch the event on our City website and the City’s social media platforms, where we'll be sharing the video post-event.

At the heart of my State of the City Address is the importance of teamwork, a crucial factor in delivering top-notch services to our citizens. Our dedicated team of City employees are what make it all happen.

One noteworthy project for 2024 is the implementation of adaptive traffic signals. In response to concerns raised by residents in the Comprehensive Plan Community Survey regarding traffic flow, we are leveraging fiber technology to introduce real-time adjustments to traffic lights. This helps ensure efficient traffic control and reduce travel times.

Hudson has a unique challenge when it comes to traffic. SR 91 cannot be widened due to the proximity of the existing buildings, and creating bypasses around the city would impact businesses that rely on customers traveling through town.

Unlike our current traffic timing system, which relies on manual studies, adaptive signals process data in real-time. This enables immediate adaptations to changing circumstances such as traffic volumes, crashes, or lane closures, optimizing signal timing dynamically.

Imagine a synchronized orchestra of signals communicating with each other, effectively managing traffic flow, and swiftly responding to backups. Learn more about the transformative impact of Adaptive Traffic Signals by clicking here.

The safety of the public on our roads, sidewalks, and trails is very important to us, and we will be implementing new safety measures as a follow-up to a safety study in the downtown and other areas of Hudson.

And finally, I would like to remind people, if you are working from your home in Hudson, have your employer change your local municipal income tax location to Hudson.

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2024 is poised to be a great year for Hudson, and we can't wait for you to be part of this exciting journey!