Chapter 2.12


2.12.010    Office created.

2.12.020    Appointment.

2.12.030    Eligibility.

2.12.040    Compensation.

2.12.050    Bond.

2.12.060    Duties and responsibilities.

2.12.070    Acting city manager.

2.12.080    Council interference prohibited.

2.12.090    Duties confined to administrative service.

2.12.100    Removal.

    Prior ordinance history: Ordinances 498, 1252 and 1364.

2.12.010 Office created.

The city shall have a city manager form of government. The position of city manager is created, and the city manager shall have the powers vested in the position by the Government Code of the state and all other applicable laws. (Prior code § 2-1.01)

2.12.020 Appointment.

The city manager shall be appointed by the council solely on the basis of his executive and administrative qualifications and shall hold office at the pleasure of the council. (Prior code § 2-1.02)

2.12.030 Eligibility.

No person elected as councilman of the city, subsequent to such election shall be eligible for appointment as city manager until two years have elapsed after such councilmember shall have ceased to be a member of the council. (Prior code § 2-1.03)

2.12.040 Compensation.

The city manager shall receive such compensation and expense allowances as the council from time to time shall determine and fix by resolution and such compensation and expenses shall be a proper charge against such funds of the city as the council shall designate.

The city manager shall be reimbursed for all sums necessarily incurred or paid by him in the performance of his duties or incurred when traveling on business pertaining to the city under the direction of the council. Reimbursement shall only be made however, when an itemized claim, setting forth the sums expended for such business for which reimbursement is requested, has been presented and approved by the council. (Prior code § 2-1.04)

2.12.050 Bond.

The city manager shall furnish a corporate surety bond for the faithful performance of his duties in such sum as may be determined by the council. The premium for such bond shall be paid by the city. (Prior code § 2-1.05)

2.12.060 Duties and responsibilities.

The city manager shall be the administrative head of the city government under the direction and control of the council. He or she shall be responsible to the council for the efficient administration of all the affairs of the city which are under his or her control. In addition to his or her general powers as administrative head, and not as a limitation thereon, it shall be the duty of the city manager, and he or she shall have the power to:

A. See that all laws and ordinances are properly enforced within the city;

B. Appoint, discipline and dismiss all department heads and all subordinate officers and employees of the city, except the city clerk, city treasurer, and city attorney; transfer employees from one department to another; and consolidate or combine offices, positions, departments, or units under his or her jurisdiction;

C. Exercise control over all departments and divisions of the city government and over all the appointive offices and employees thereof;

D. Attend all meetings of the council unless excused therefrom by the council, except when his or her removal is under consideration by the council;

E. Recommend to the council for adoption such measures and ordinances as he or she deems necessary or expedient;

F. Keep the council fully advised at all times as to the financial condition and needs of the city;

G. Prepare and submit to the council the annual budget;

H. Prepare and recommend to the council a salary plan;

I. Purchase all supplies for all departments or divisions of the city; no expenditure shall be submitted or recommended to the council except upon a report of approval of the city manager;

J. Make investigations into the affairs of the city and any department thereof and any contract, or the proper performance of any obligation running to the city;

K. Investigate all complaints in relation to matters concerning the administration of the government of the city and in regard to the services maintained by public utilities in the city, and see that all franchises, permits, licenses and privileges granted by the city are faithfully observed;

L. Exercise general supervision over all public buildings, public parks, and other public property which are under the control and jurisdiction of the city;

M. Devote his or her entire working time to the duties and interests of the city; and

N. Perform such other duties and exercise such other powers as may be delegated to him or her from time to time by ordinance or resolution of the council. (Ord. 1795 § 1, 2018; prior code § 2-1.06)

2.12.070 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 council and city clerk, shall designate a qualified city employee to exercise the powers and perform the duties of city manager during his or her temporary absence or disability. In the event the city manager’s absence or disability extends beyond thirty days, the council may appoint an acting city manager. (Prior code § 2-1.07)

2.12.080 Council interference prohibited.

The council and its members shall deal with the administrative services of the city only through the city manager, except for the purposes of inquiry. Neither the council nor any member thereof shall demand the appointment of any person or his removal from office by the city manager, or by any of his subordinates, or in any manner take part in the appointment or removal of officers and employees in the administrative service of the city, other than by suggestions to the city manager. The council, nor any member thereof, shall not give orders to any subordinate of the city manager, either publicly or privately. (Prior code § 2-1.08)

2.12.090 Duties confined to administrative service.

There is retained by and to the council the sole power of being the policy making and legislative body for the city and the duties and powers of the city manager are expressly confined to the administrative service of the city. (Prior code § 2-1.09)

2.12.100 Removal.

The council, by a majority vote of all of its members at a regular council meeting, may terminate the employment of the city manager and remove him from office at any time and for any reason, except that the city manager shall not be removed from the office during or within a period of ninety days next succeeding any municipal election held in the city at which election the mayor or a member of the council is elected. (Prior code § 2-1.10)