Matthew S. Lane has been Village Manager/Chief Administrative Officer since November 2015. He also serves as the Executive Director of the St. Charles Downtown Development Authority.He previously served as budget analyst with the City of Saginaw. He studied Political Science, Journalism and
Public Administration at Eastern Michigan University. He is a member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), Michigan Municipal Executives(MME) serving as a member of the NextGen Committee, serves as a member of the Michigan Municipal League's Finance Legislative Committee and he has been a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Regions since 2013.
The Village of St. Charles is organized in the Council/Manager form of government. The Village Council serves as the legislative body of the municipality and the Village Manager is the professionally-trained executive appointed to efficiently and effectively manage day-to-day operations of the government, including the budget, employees and all other non-legislative functions of the Village.
"The council-manager form of government is the fastest growing form of government in the United States today. It's also the most prevalent -- it's used by more cities, villages, townships, and counties than any other form.It's a system of local government that combines the strong political leadership of elected officials (the governing body) with the strong managerial experience of an appointed local government manager. The governing body is commonly known as the council -- it may also be referred to as the commission or board. The council-manager form establishes a representative system where all power is concentrated in the elected council, and where the council hires a professionally trained manager to oversee the delivery of public services."- Michigan Municipal Executives