GOVERNING A PRIVATE ISLAND 4
planning. However, the executive will also have to justify his/her decisions to the council and
seek their approval before implementing them, for example the township budget (Dye,
MacNamus, 2012, p. 349). I will be in charge of allocating land for courts, hospitals, roads, and
other requirements as well as have the final say in determining the kinds of businesses and
facilities which will be established in the township (Dye, MacNamus, 2012, p. 342-343).
A mayor will be elected by the residents as will be the council members. While the township
manager/executive will maintain oversight, the mayor will chair the council and help build
consensus in it. He will have equal voting rights as all council members but will serve the role of
harmonizing all the functions and a link between the elected council and the appointed township
manager. Given the differences in tenure, functions and priorities of these two arms, there is
bound to be differences and the mayor will act as the mediator, attempting to reach a
compromise between the manager’s private property interests and the council’s democratic and
political interests. This would effectively make the government a hybrid manager-mayor form of
government (Dye, MacNamus, 2012, p. 350).
The Sheriff, Law enforcement and Correction System
A sheriff will be elected by the residents to oversee law enforcement and maintain a correctional
facility in the island. His first duty will be to advice the administrator on recommendations for
the structure and facilities of law enforcement and correction. He will liaise with the state
government to integrate the island into the law enforcement and jail systems of the state since the
island is a location within the state. Also, he will be responsible for appointment to fill the
positions in his department but some of the appointments will be subject to approval by the
council and may be vetoed by the administrator (Dye, MacNamus, 2012, p. 344).