The City of Crystal Lake operates under a Council/Manager form of government, adopted by voters in 1957.
More information about the benefits of a professional local government can be found in this publication by ICMA, the International City Managers Association:
Gary J. Mayerhofer, City Manager
The City Manager is appointed by the City Council and is the Chief Executive Officer of the City. The City Manager coordinates the implementation of the City Council policy decisions and the initiation of all intergovernmental operations of the City. The City Manager is responsible for directing the various City departments and providing guidance in the implementation of the mandates of the City Council. The City Manager is responsible for long-range planning for the City organization and development of recommendations to the City Council on a variety of public policy issues. The City Manager also represents the City with outside governmental agencies, presents an annual budget to the City Council, and coordinates a variety of public information resources for both internal and public distribution.
Here is a chart of the City's management organization: City of Crystal Lake Organization Chart
City of Crystal Lake Mission Statement: The City of Crystal Lake is committed to the high quality of life enjoyed by the citizens and businesses of the Crystal Lake community. Our mission is to enhance and preserve the history, natural resources and unique cultural traditions of the community as well as provide fiscally sound and responsive services, programs, and facilities with the highest degree of professionalism, integrity, and efficiency so that Crystal Lake continues to be a great place to live and work.