Chapter 2.05


2.05.010    Office created – Appointment.

2.05.020    Residence requirement.

2.05.030    Bond.

2.05.040    Acting city manager.

2.05.050    Compensation and reimbursement for expenses.

2.05.060    Powers and duties.

2.05.070    Interference by council.

2.05.080    Removal.

2.05.010 Office created – Appointment.

The office of city manager is created and established. The city manager shall be appointed by the city council solely on the basis of his executive and administrative qualifications and ability, and shall hold office at and during the pleasure of the city council. [Ord. 90-3 § 1; Code 1990 § 2.2.01.]

2.05.020 Residence requirement.

Residence in the city at the time of appointment shall not be required of the city manager. [Ord. 90-3 § 2; Code 1990 § 2.2.02.]

2.05.030 Bond.

The city manager shall furnish a corporate surety bond to be approved by the city council in such sum as may be determined by the city council, and shall be conditioned upon the faithful performance of the duties prescribed in this chapter. [Ord. 90-3 § 3; Code 1990 § 2.2.03.]

2.05.040 Acting city manager.

The assistant city manager shall serve as manager pro tempore during any temporary absence or disability of the city manager. In the event there is no assistant city manager, the city manager, by filing a written notice with the city clerk, shall designate a qualified city employee to exercise the powers and perform the duties of city manager during his temporary absence or disability. In the event the city manager’s absence or disability extends over a two-month period, the city council may, after the two-month period, appoint an acting city manager. [Ord. 90-3 § 4; Code 1990 § 2.2.04.]

2.05.050 Compensation and reimbursement for expenses.

The city manager shall receive such compensation as the city council shall from time to time determine and fix by resolution. The city manager shall be reimbursed for all sums necessarily incurred or paid by him in the proper performance of his duties, or incurred or paid when traveling on business pertaining to the city and under direction of the city council. Such compensation and reimbursements shall be a proper charge against the general fund. [Ord. 90-3 § 5; Code 1990 § 2.2.05.]

2.05.060 Powers and duties.

The city manager shall be the administrative head of the city government, under the direction and control of the city council, except as otherwise provided in other ordinances of the city. He shall be responsible for the efficient administration of all the affairs of the city which are under his control. In addition to his general powers and duties as administrative head, and not as a limitation thereof, it shall be his duty and he shall have the following powers:

A. Enforcement of Laws, Franchises. To see that all laws and ordinances of the city are duly enforced, and that all franchises, permits, licenses and privileges granted or given by the city are faithfully observed and complied with;

B. Control of City Officers and Employees. To control, order and give directions to all heads of departments, subordinate officers and employees of the city, including the city clerk and city treasurer; to transfer employees from one department to another; and to consolidate or combine offices, positions, departments or units under his direction;

C. Appointment and Removal of City Officers and Employees. Pursuant to the provisions of Section 36510 of the Government Code of the State of California, the city manager of the city of Calimesa is hereby empowered to appoint the city clerk, and to appoint and remove any officers and employees of the city except the city treasurer and city attorney;

D. Control of Governmental Departments. To exercise control over all departments of the city government and over all appointive officers and employees thereof, except city attorney;

E. Attendance at Council Meetings. To attend all meetings of the city council unless excused therefrom by the city council, except when removal of the city manager is under consideration by the city council;

F. Recommending Legislation. To recommend to the city council for adoption such measures and ordinances as he deems necessary or expedient;

G. Reports to Council. To report to the city council in writing at its first regular monthly meetings a statement as to the financial condition and needs of the city;

H. Preparation of Budget. To prepare and submit to the city council the annual budget of the city;

I. Purchases. To order and purchase all supplies for all of the departments and divisions of the city. No expenditure shall be submitted or recommended to the city council except on order or approval of the city manager;

J. Investigation of City Affairs. To make investigations into the affairs of the city, and any department or division thereof, and of any contract, obligation, project or enterprise appertaining to the city;

K. Investigation of Complaints. To investigate any and all complaints in relation to matters concerning the administration of the city government and in regard to the service maintained by public utilities of the city;

L. Supervision of Public Property. To exercise general supervision over all public buildings, public parks and other public property under the control and jurisdiction of the city council, and not specifically delegated to a particular board or official or officer;

M. Devotion of Time to Duties. To devote his entire time to the duties of his office and the interests of the city;

N. Leadership in Civic Movements. To provide leadership for civic movements designed to benefit the residents of the city when so authorized by the city council;

O. Other Duties. To perform such other duties and exercise such other powers as may be delegated to him from time to time by this code or other ordinance or resolution or motion of the city council. [Ord. 90-3 § 6; Ord. 95-12 § 1; Code 1990 § 2.2.06.]

2.05.070 Interference by council.

The city council and its members shall deal with the administrative services of the city only through the city manager, except for the purpose of inquiry, and neither the city council nor any members thereof shall give orders to any subordinate of the city manager. [Ord. 90-3 § 7; Code 1990 § 2.2.07.]

2.05.080 Removal.

A. The removal of the city manager shall be only on a majority vote of the whole city council. In case of his intended removal, the city manager shall be furnished with a written notice stating the council’s intention to remove him and the reasons therefor, at least 30 days before the effective date of removal. Within seven days after the furnishing to the city manager such notice, he may by writing, addressed to the city council and delivered to the city clerk, request a public hearing before the city council. Thereupon, the mayor shall fix a time for such public hearing, which shall be held at the usual meeting place of the city council, and before the expiration of the aforesaid 30-day period, and at which time and place the city manager shall attend and be heard.

B. After furnishing the city manager with written notice of his intended removal, the city council may suspend him from further duty, but his compensation shall continue until his removal by resolution of the city council passed subsequent to the aforesaid public hearing.

C. In its removal of the city manager, the city council shall have uncontrolled discretion, and its action thereon shall be final and conclusive, and need not depend upon any particular showing or degree of proof at the hearing; the purpose of which hearing is to allow the city manager to publicly present to the city council his grounds of opposition to his removal. [Ord. 90-3 § 8; Code 1990 § 2.2.08.]