The City of Mesquite operates under a Council-Manager form of government. This form of government combines the strong political leadership of elected officials with the professional experience of an appointed local government manager. The elected Mayor and Council create policy, while the city manager implements it.
Andy Barton, Mesquite City Manager, is the chief administration officer of the City. The manager is appointed by and serves at the will and pleasure of the Mayor and City Council.
The City Manager is responsible for facilitating, coordinating and supervising the work of all city departments, preparing the budget, directing day-to-day operations and serving as the Council’s chief policy advisor. The City Manager's staff also tracks the progress of various projects, serves as the public’s primary contact with the city, oversees the city’s real estate portfolio, directs the city’s redevelopment agency, manages the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum, and maintains intergovernmental relationships with the federal, state and other local governments.