The City Council monitors the administration of City government and City departments to see that laws and programs are operating effectively and in the best interest of citizens. Assisting in this task is an Auditor General appointed by City Council to a ten-year non-renewable term to make periodic audits of all city agencies; an Ombudsman appointed by City Council for a ten-year non-renewable term to investigate complaints against City departments, make recommendations and work with City departments to find solutions; a City Planning Commission appointed by City Council to advise on the social, physical and economic aspects of planning and development matters; a Historic Designation Advisory Board appointed by the City Council to advise on designation of historic sites and districts; a Research and Analysis Division to provide research and advice on matters requiring legislative action; and a Fiscal Analysis Division to research the fiscal implications of pending actions and advise on matters impacting the City budget.
The directors of all divisions are appointed by City Council. The Council also appoints the director of the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) as well as the seven members of the BZA. The Council also appoints the nine-member Board of Review, which hears appeals of assessments of property taxes and appeals for hardship exemptions.