Sec. 400. City Manager.

(a) Appointment, Salary. There shall be a City Manager who shall be the executive officer of the City; to be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the City Council. The City Manager shall be chosen on the basis of administrative qualifications and shall be paid a salary, fixed by the Council, commensurate with responsibilities.

(b) Removal. The City Manager may be removed from office by motion of the City Council adopted by at least three affirmative votes.

(c) Ineligibility. No person shall be eligible to receive appointment as City Manager while serving as a member of the City Council, nor within one year after ceasing to be a City Councilmember.

Sec. 401. City Manager; Powers and Duties.

Generally. The City Manager shall be the head of the administrative branch of the City government, and be responsible to the City Council for the proper administration of all affairs of the City. Without limiting the foregoing general grant of powers, responsibilities and duties, the City Manager shall have power and be required to:

(a) Appointment and Removal of Employees and officers.

Subject to the provisions of Section 500 of Article V of the Charter, the City Manager shall appoint all department heads and officers of the City except elective officers and those department heads and officers whose power of appointment is vested in the City Council, and pass upon and approve all proposed appointments and removals by department heads and other appointive officers.

(b) Prepare the budget annually, submit such budget to the City Council, and be responsible for its administration after adoption;

(c) Prepare and submit to the City Council as of the end of the fiscal year a complete report on the finances and administrative activities of the City for the preceding year;

(d) Keep the City Council advised of the financial condition and future needs of the City and make such recommendations as may seem desirable;

(e) Establish a centralized purchasing system for all City offices, departments and agencies;

(f) Prepare rules and regulations governing the contracting for, purchasing, storing, distribution or disposal of all supplies, materials and equipment required by any office, department or agency of the City government and recommend them to the City Council for adoption by it by ordinance;

(g) Enforce the laws of the State pertaining to the City, the provisions of this Charter and the ordinances of the City; and

(h) Perform such other duties consistent with this Charter as may be required by the City Council.

Sec. 402. Participation at Council Meetings.

The City Manager shall be accorded a seat at the City Council table and shall be entitled to participate in the deliberations of the City Council but shall not have a vote.

Sec. 403. City Manager Pro Tempore.

The City Manager shall appoint, subject to the approval of the City Council, one of the other officers or department heads of the City to serve as City Manager Pro Tempore during any temporary absence or disability of the City Manager.