A line of supervision is a particular employee’s chain of command up to the top of an organization. In a theoretical sense, each public employee’s line of supervision ends with the citizens within the government organization’s jurisdiction. Practically, the line of supervision ends with the elected officials chosen to oversee the government organization. Elected officials are chosen to lead the organization in the general public’s stead.
Citizens do not have the typical employer-employee relationship with elected officials.
- An accountant works in the finance department of a mid-sized city. The accountant’s line of supervision includes the accounts payable manager, finance director, city manager and city council.
- An intern works in the district office of a state legislator. The intern’s line of supervision includes the district office manager, chief of staff and the legislator.