Chapter 2.04


2.04.010    City manager office created--Removal or suspension.

2.04.020    Residence.

2.04.030    Eligibility.

2.04.040    Bond.

2.04.050    Compensation--Reimbursement of expenses.

2.04.060    Powers and duties.

2.04.070    Entire time to be devoted to office.

2.04.080    Council-manager relations.

2.04.090    Departmental cooperation.

2.04.100    Permission to attend any city agency meeting.

2.04.110    Absence or disability.

*    For statutory provisions on the city manager form of government, see Gov. Code §§34851--34859.

2.04.010 City manager office created--Removal or suspension.

The office of city manager of the city 15 hereby created and established. The city manager shall be appointed by the city council wholly on the basis of his administrative and executive ability and qualifications and shall hold office for and during the pleasure of the city council. The city council may remove the city manager only upon a three-member vote of the whole council in regular council meeting or in a special meeting duly called for the purpose of considering such removal; provided, however, that the city manager shall not be removed from office during or within a period of one hundred eighty days next succeeding any general municipal election, at which election a member of the city council is elected. By a like three-member vote the city council may suspend the city manager from duty pending the consideration of such removal, but his compensation shall continue until the effective date of removal. (Ord. 129 §l, 1973).

2.04.020 Residence.

Residence in the city at the time of appointment shall not be required as a condition of appointment; provided, however, that within sixty days after the appointment of the city manager, he shall establish his residence in the city unless such time is extended by resolution of the city council. (Ord. 315 §1, 1986: Ord. 129 §2, 1973).

2.04.030 Eligibility.

No person elected as a councilman of the city shall, subsequent to such election, be eligible for appointment as city manager until two years have elapsed after such council member shall have ceased to be a member of the city council. (Ord. 129 §3, 1973).

2.04.040 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 which shall be conditioned upon the faithful performance of the duties imposed upon the city manager as prescribed in this section and other sections of the code. Any premium for such bond shall be a proper charge against the city. (Ord. 129 §4, 1973).

2.04.050 Compensation--Reimbursement of expenses.

The city manager shall receive such compensation and expense allowances as the city council shall from time to time determine and fix by resolution and such compensation and expenses shall be a proper charge against such funds of the city as the city 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 direction of the city council. Reimbursement shall only be made, however, when a verified itemized claim setting forth the sums expended for such business for which reimbursement is requested, has been presented to and approved by the city council. (Ord. 129 §5, 1973).

2.04.060 Powers and duties:

The city manager shall be the administrative head of the government of the city under the direction and control of the city council except as otherwise provided in this chapter.-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 as administrative head, and not as a limitation thereon, it shall be his duty and he shall have the following powers:

A.    To see that all laws and ordinances of the city are enforced and to see that all franchises, contracts, permits and privileges granted by the city council are faithfully observed:

B.    To control, order and give directions to all heads of departments and to subordinate officers and employees of the city under his jurisdiction through their department heads;

C.    To recommend to the city council such reorganization of offices, positions, departments or units under his direction as may be indicated in the interest of efficient, effective and economical conduct of the city’s business:

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

E.    To attend all meetings of the city council unless excused therefrom:

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

G.    To prepare and submit the proposed annual budget to the city council for its approval;

H.    To be responsible for the purchase of all of the departments or divisions of the city. No expenditures shall be submitted or recommended to the city council unless accompanied by a report of the city manager;

I.    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;

J.    To investigate all complaints in relation to matters concerning the administration of the city government and in regard to the service maintained by public utilities in the city, and to see that all franchises and permits granted by the city are faithfully performed and observed:

K.    To exercise general supervision over all public buildings, public parks and all other public property which is under the control and jurisdiction of the city council;

L.    To perform such other duties and exercise such other powers as may be delegated to him from time to time by ordinance or resolution or other action of the city council. (Ord. 129 §6, 1973).

2.04.070 Entire time to be devoted to office.

It shall be the duty of the city manager to devote his entire time to the duties of his office in the interests of the city. (Ord. 129 §7, 1973).

2.04.080 Council-manager relations.

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 member thereof shall give orders to any subordinates of the city manager. The city manager shall take his orders and instructions from the city council only when sitting in a duly held meeting of the city council and no individual councilman shall give orders or instructions to the city manager. (Ord. 129 §8, 1973).

2.04.090 Departmental cooperation.

It shall be the duty of all subordinate officers and the city clerk, city treasurer, and city attorney to assist the city manager in administering the affairs of the city efficiently, economically, and harmoniously so far as may be consistent with their duties as prescribed by law and ordinances of the city. (Ord. 129 §9, 1973).

2.04.100 Permission to attend any city agency meeting.

The city manager may attend any and all meetings of the planning commission and any other commissions, boards or committees hereafter created by the city council, upon his own volition or upon direction of the city council. At such meetings which the city manager attends, he shall be heard by such commissions, boards, or committees as to all matters upon which he wishes to address the members thereof, and he shall inform such members as to the status of any matter being considered by the council and he shall cooperate to the fullest extent with the members of all commissions, boards, or committees appointed by the city council. (Ord. 129 §10, 1973).

2.04.110 Absence or disability:

In the event of the absence or disability of the city manager, he shall designate, 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 such period. In the event of such absence and disability and in the event of the failure of the city manager to so designate a manager pro tempore, the council may designate some duly qualified person to perform the duties of the city manager during the period of absence or disability. (Ord. 129 §11, 1973).