Goal Setting Input Session

Public Feedback Session

The Watertown City Council will hold a public feedback session on its 2013 Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 from 5:30-7:30 pm at City Hall.  The public is invited and encouraged to attend the session and provide input.

Developing Organizational Direction

The Watertown City Council and staff met on January 26, 2013 in an all day goal setting session.  During the meeting, the City Council completed an organizational assessment -- measuring the City's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.  From this analysis, the Council and staff began refining its focus honing in on the City's Mission, Vision, and Values.  Once complete with this exercise, the Council reviewed its goals for the upcoming year.  The complete Goal Setting Report is available for review online.

The City intends to use the Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals as strategic guideposts when conducting business.  Once formally adopted, the Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals will be used as a tool by the Council to ensure consistent decision making.  This tool will also be integrated into the City's organizational structure and will be used as a standard for employee performance and management.


The City of Watertown is a small tightly-knit city that is welcoming, friendly, and supportive with a vibrant downtown that enables neighbors, friends, and family to meet, socialize, and enjoy life.



The mission of the City of Watertown is to provide high quality public services that address community needs through strategic planning, sound fiscal management, and innovative thinking while preserving our proud history.



Excellence and Quality in the Delivery of Services
We believe that service to the public is our reason for being and strive to deliver quality services in a highly professional, cost-effective, and efficient manner.

Fiscal Responsibility 
We believe that fiscal responsibility and the prudent stewardship of public funds is essential for citizen confidence in government and we strive for diverse sources of revenue.
Ethics and Integrity
We believe that ethics and integrity are the foundation blocks of public trust and confidence and that all meaningful relationships are built on these values.
We believe policies and decision making processes that are applied consistently across all parties is the foundation for fairness.
We believe that transparency, keeping our stakeholders informed through open and honest communication, is essential for an informed and involved citizenry and fostering a positive working environment for employees.
We believe that continuous improvement is the mark of professionalism and are committed to applying this principle to the services we offer and the development of our employees.
Visionary Leadership and Planning
We believe that the very essence of leadership is to be visionary and to plan for the future.
Small Town Atmosphere
We believe that our City's small town atmosphere and unique charm is what attracts people to our community and encourages their participation in our activities.



To continue to provide quality services with minimal resources.

To address the City’s aging infrastructure and equipment needs.

To ensure the City’s continued financial stability. 
To improve communication and increase the City’s outreach with the City’s stakeholders.
To keep property taxes at a reasonable rate.
To address the City’s long term transportation needs.
To ensure citizen safety and security. 
To maintain a small town atmosphere.