Chapter 2.08
CITY ADMINISTRATOR1

Sections:

2.08.010    Office created.

2.08.020    Compensation.

2.08.030    Administrative head of city.

2.08.040    Eligibility.

2.08.050    Meetings.

2.08.060    Powers and duties.

2.08.070    Personnel.

2.08.080    Departmental cooperation.

2.08.090    Additional duties.

2.08.100    Expenses.

2.08.110    Additional agreements.

2.08.120    Evaluation.

2.08.130    Removal.

2.08.010 Office created.

The office of city administrator of the city of Angels is created and established.

The city administrator shall be appointed by the city council solely on the basis of his/her executive and administrative qualifications. He/she shall hold office for the contracted term, at the pleasure of the city council. (Ord. 445 (part), 2010: Ord. 337 (part), 1994)

2.08.020 Compensation.

The salary and other benefits for the city administrator shall be established by the council and reviewed annually. (Ord. 337 (part), 1994)

2.08.030 Administrative head of city.

The city administrator shall be the administrative head of the city government under the direction and control of the council, except as otherwise provided in this chapter. He/she shall have authority over all department heads and employees. (Ord. 337 (part), 1994)

2.08.040 Eligibility.

No member of the city council shall be eligible for appointment as the city administrator until one year has elapsed after such council member has ceased to be a member of the city council. (Ord. 337 (part), 1994)

2.08.050 Meetings.

A.    Attendance. The city administrator shall attend all meetings of the city council unless excused therefrom by the mayor or city council, except when his removal or performance evaluation is under consideration by the city council. The city administrator shall attend any or all meetings as directed by the city council. He/she shall inform such members as to the status of any matter being considered by the council and shall cooperate to the fullest extent with the members of all commissions, boards or committees.

B.    Discussions. The city administrator may take part in council discussions, when directed by the council, but may not vote. He/she shall have the power to appear and address the council or any of its boards or commissions at any meeting.

C.    Recommendations. The city administrator shall recommend to the city council for adoption such measures and ordinances as he/she deems necessary, and shall make reports or suggestions as necessary or as requested by the city council. (Ord. 445 (part), 2010: Ord. 337 (part), 1994)

2.08.060 Powers and duties.

The city administrator shall be responsible for the efficient administration of all the affairs of the city which are under his/her control. In addition to his/her general powers as administrative head and not as a limitation thereon, it shall be his/her duty and he/she shall have the powers set forth as follows:

A.    Enforcement. It shall be the duty of the city administrator to enforce all laws and ordinances of the city and to see that all franchises, contracts, permits and privileges granted by the city council are faithfully observed.

B.    Authority Over Employees. It shall be the duty of the city administrator and he/she shall have the authority to control, order and give directions to all heads of departments and to subordinate officers and employees of the city under his/her jurisdiction.

C.    Administrative Reorganization of Offices. It shall be the duty and responsibility of the city administrator to conduct studies and effect such administrative reorganization of offices, positions or units under his/her direction as may be indicated in the interest of efficient, effective and economical conduct of the city’s business.

D.    Ordinances. It shall be the duty of the city administrator to recommend to the city council for adoption such measures and ordinances as he/she deems necessary.

E.    Financial Reports. It shall be the duty of the city administrator to keep the city council at all times fully advised as to the financial conditions and needs of the city with quarterly presentations to the city council.

F.    Budget. It shall be the duty of the city administrator to prepare and submit the proposed annual budget to the city council. The city administrator shall also propose an annual salary plan to the city council. Final approval of both budget and employee negotiations require majority approval of the entire city council.

G.    Purchasing Agent. It shall be the duty of the city administrator to oversee the purchase of all supplies for all departments and divisions of the city. No expenditures shall be submitted or recommended to the city council except on report and approval of the city administrator per the municipal code.

H.    Investigations and Complaints. It shall be the duty of the city administrator to make investigations into the, affairs of the city and any department or division thereof, and any contract or the proper performance of any obligations of the city. Further, it shall be the duty of the city administrator to investigate all complaints in relation to matters concerning the administration of the city government, unless the council delegates said investigation to another entity. (Ord. 445 (part), 2010: Ord. 337 (part), 1994)

2.08.070 Personnel.

A.    Appointments. The city administrator shall select and recommend to the city council for appointment qualified candidates to fill each vacancy occurring within the city. Vacancies in elective offices, appointive positions with fixed terms of office, and members of boards and commissions will be appointed by the mayor or council in the manner provided by law, city ordinance, city resolution, or city policy.

B.    Dismissal. The city administrator may recommend to the city council the dismissal or suspension of any city employee with the appropriate documentation.

C.    Performance Evaluations. The city administrator shall cause the evaluation of the job performance of all city employees at least once annually, and prepare a written record of the performance review to be made available to the city council. The city administrator shall review all job evaluations and discuss his/her evaluations with the various department heads. If a final report indicates unsatisfactory performance of a department head, the city council shall discuss the report with the city administrator and the individual with the unsatisfactory report.

D.    General Supervision. The city administrator shall be responsible for the supervision of the day-to-day operations of the city, utilizing the appropriate department heads and such other administrative services as may be placed under his jurisdiction by the city council.

E.    Council-Administrator Relations. The city council and its members shall deal with the administrative services and the city through the city administrator. The city administrator shall take his/her orders and instructions from the city council. (Ord. 445 (part), 2010: Ord. 337 (part), 1994)

2.08.080 Departmental cooperation.

It shall be the duty of all department heads, subordinate officers, city treasurer, city attorney, city engineer and city clerk to assist the city administrator in administering the affairs of the city efficiently, economically, and harmoniously. (Ord. 337 (part), 1994)

2.08.090 Additional duties.

The city administrator shall serve in any appointed office within the city government to which he/she may be qualified when appointed thereto by the city council, and to hold and exercise such other powers as may be delegated to him/her from time to time by ordinance or resolution or other official action of the city council. (Ord. 337 (part), 1994)

2.08.100 Expenses.

The city administrator shall be reimbursed for all actual and necessary expenses incurred by him/her in the performance of his/her official duties, including those incurred when traveling on business pertaining to the city. The council may require pre-authorization of expenses. (Ord. 337 (part), 1994)

2.08.110 Additional agreements.

Nothing in this chapter shall be construed as a limitation on the power of authority of the city council to enter into any supplemental agreement with the city administrator delineating additional terms and conditions of employment not inconsistent with any provisions of this chapter. Notwithstanding any other language in this chapter, the city council may, upon hiring a city administrator, enter into a contract of employment with the city administrator which allows for the first year of said term that the city administrator is a probationary employee with the right of the city council to terminate said city administrator without cause at any time during or at the expiration of said one-year period. (Ord. 337 (part), 1994)

2.08.120 Evaluation.

The job performance of the administrator shall be evaluated annually by the city council. (Ord. 337 (part), 1994)

2.08.130 Removal.

The city administrator may be dismissed by the city council upon thirty days prior written notice to him/her of dismissal. The removal of the city administrator shall be effected only by a majority vote of the whole council as then constituted, convened in a regular council meeting, subject, however, to the following provisions:

A.    Hearing. Within seven days after the delivery to the city administrator of such notice of dismissal, he/she may, by written notification to the city clerk, request a hearing before the city council. Thereafter, the city council shall fix a time for the hearing which shall be held at its usual meeting place, but before the expiration of the thirty-day period, at which time the city administrator shall appear and be heard, with or without counsel.

B.    Suspension Pending Hearing. After furnishing the city administrator with written notice of intended removal the city council may suspend him/her from duty, but his/her compensation shall continue until the removal date set by-the city council subsequent to the aforesaid hearing.

C.    Discretion of Council. In removing the city administrator, the city council shall use its sole discretion and its action shall be final and shall not depend upon any particular showing or degree of proof at the hearing; the purpose of which is to allow the city administrator to present to said city council his/her grounds of opposition to his/her removal prior to its action.

D.    Resignation. The city administrator shall give the city council thirty days prior written notice of his/her intention to resign. (Ord. 337 (part), 1994)


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Prior ordinance history: Ord. 309.