The City of Mesquite operates under Nevada Revised Statutes Chapter 266. Under Chapter 266, the Mayor is the chief executive of the city and as such oversees the general affairs of the City. The City has elected to hire a city manager to oversee the day-to-day operations of the city. Under this construct, the Mayor and Council receive the benefit of the strong professional expertise and qualifications of a city manager, while still maintaining oversight.
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.