The City of Caro is organized under the Council/Manager form of government. The City Council serves as the legislative body of the municipality and the City 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 City.

Matthew S. Lane has served as City Manager since February 2020. He holds a bachelors degree in political science with a minor in journalism as well as a master of public administration (MPA), both from Eastern Michigan University.

“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

The City Clerk performs responsible, specialized work in administering elections, maintaining official records, and carrying out other administrative projects.

The City Clerk is responsible for taking minutes at Council and committee meetings and keeping a permanent record of the proceedings. The Clerk issues certified copies of official records, keeps a record of ordinances, resolutions and actions of the Council. The clerk has the power to administer oaths required by State law, city charter or ordinances and is also the custodian of the city seal, as well as many other duties.


Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Matthew Lane City Manager 989-673-7671 ext. 5225
Michele Perry City Treasurer 989-673-7671 ext. 5224
Rita Papp City Clerk 989-673-7671 ext. 5223