The new approach to management in local government units since a few years is research area for many scientists and practitioners who dealing every day with these issues. Appropriate management depends not only on proper development of the unit, equally important is the efficiency and effectiveness of its functioning in the article presented the essence of management in the public sector. Also. selected models used for this process has been presented. Ther has also been an attempt to assess management process at the local government level indicating the barriers that accompany it. From the point of view of the effective functioning of local government is very important to show realistic approach to this process, also includes all significant stages of management not mock activities which do not provide effect.