The Council, by an affirmative vote of a majority of all its members, appoints a City Manager for an indefinite term and fixes the compensation. The Manager shall be appointed solely on the basis of executive and administrative qualifications. The City Manager need not be a resident of the City or State at the time of appointment, but may reside outside the City while in office only with the approval of the Council.
The Kent City Charter was amended by the voters in 1975 to allow for the Council-City Manager form of government. This type of government allows the Kent City Council to set policy and hire a chief executive officer, known as the City Manager, to administer this policy.