Thanks everyone for your excellent definitions and your help. Our Council agreed upon the following, which includes policy decisions and administrative decisions to assist in distinguishing the role of Council from the role of the Manager. Public policies are the particular goals and directions of a local government. Common examples include community growth, land use development, strategic planning, and capital improvement and financing. City Council policy decisions focus on the purpose, services, and programs necessary to achieve the council’s goals and objectives. Policy provides a high-level overall plan to achieve adopted goals and objectives. A policy will often contain the 'what' and 'why'.Administrative decisions provide for the effective, efficient and equitable implementation of the policies approved by Council. They align the local government’s administrative systems with the values, mission, and policy goals defined by the community and elected officials. Administrative tasks are the responsibility of the City Manager and they include establishing practices and procedures to implement adopted policy as well as the oversight of daily operations. Implementation will often contain the 'what', 'how', 'where', and 'when'.