Chapter 2.16


2.16.010    City Manager.

2.16.020    Term of City Manager.

2.16.030    Qualifications of the City Manager.

2.16.040    Power and duties of the City Manager.

2.16.050    City Council meetings.

2.16.060    Interference with the City Manager.

2.16.010 City Manager.

There shall be a Manager of the City. The City Council shall appoint the City Manager. The City Manager shall receive such compensation as the City Council may determine. The following employees shall be appointed by the City Manager and shall serve at the discretion of the City Manager:

A. Assistant City Manager;

B. Director of the Department of Public Safety;

C. Director of the Department of Public Works;

D. Harbormaster;

E. City Clerk;

F. Finance Officer; and

G. Such other employees as may be authorized by the City Council. [Ord. 535-08 § 5, 2008].

2.16.020 Term of City Manager.

The City Manager shall hold office at the discretion of the City Council. [Ord. 535-08 § 5, 2008].

2.16.030 Qualifications of the City Manager.

The City Manager shall be appointed solely on the basis of executive and administrative qualifications, and with particular reference to education, training and experience as a professional city administrator. The City Manager will be required to be domiciled within the Whittier City limits during employment as City Manager within 180 days of the date of hire and shall remain domiciled in the City during tenure in office. The City Council by ordinance may set forth specific qualifications. No member of the City Council may be appointed as City Manager unless at least two years have intervened since the expiration of the member’s last term on the City Council. [Ord. 06-2014 § 2, 2014; Ord. 535-08 § 5, 2008].

2.16.040 Power and duties of the City Manager.

The City Manager is the chief administrative officer of the City. The City Manager shall:

A. Appoint, suspend, or remove City employees and administrative officers except as provided otherwise in this code and AS 14.14.065;

B. Supervise the enforcement of City law and carry out the directives of the City Council;

C. Prepare and submit the annual budget and capital improvement program for consideration by the City Council;

D. Execute the budget and capital programs adopted by the City Council;

E. Make monthly financial reports on City finances and operations as required by the City Council;

F. Report to the City Council at the end of each fiscal year on the finances and administrative activities of the City;

G. Prepare and make available for public distribution an annual report on City affairs;

H. Serve as or appoint a City personnel officer;

I. Exercise custody over all real and personal property of the City;

J. Make such recommendations to the City Council as they deem expedient or necessary; and

K. Assign additional functions or duties to offices, departments or agencies established by ordinance or transfer functions or duties from one such office, department or agency to another. [Ord. 535-08 § 5, 2008].

2.16.050 City Council meetings.

The City Manager shall have the right to take part in the discussion of all matters before the City Council. [Ord. 535-08 § 5, 2008].

2.16.060 Interference with the City Manager.

Except for the purposes of inquiry, the City Council and the Mayor or other official of the City shall deal with the administrative service solely through the City Manager, and neither the City Council, nor any member thereof, nor the Mayor, nor any other City official shall give orders to any subordinate of the City Manager, either publicly or privately. Neither the City Council, nor any of its members, nor the Mayor shall dictate the appointment of any person to office or employment by the City Manager, except as permitted by State law or by an ordinance of the City, nor shall they interfere in any manner with the City Manager or prevent the City Manager from exercising their own judgment in the selection of officers and employees in the administrative service. [Ord. 535-08 § 5, 2008].