Chapter 2.12


2.12.010    Salary.

2.12.020    Powers and duties.

2.12.030    Limitation on power.

2.12.010 Salary.

The city manager shall receive such salary, benefits and compensation for his services, not inconsistent with the civil service rules and regulations, as the city council may from time to time prescribe by resolution. Such remuneration shall be in full payment for all services rendered to the city pursuant to the provisions of this code and to any resolutions or orders of the city council and he shall be entitled to no other compensation for such services. [1937 Code § 19.]

2.12.020 Powers and duties.

A. 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 code. 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, he shall have the following powers and duties:

1. To see that all laws, ordinances, rules and regulations, franchises, permits and privileges of the city are enforced and observed;

2. To execute on behalf of the city council its administrative supervision and control of such affairs of the city as may be placed in his charge, and to exercise control over all city departments;

3. Subject to the ordinances, rules and regulations relating to civil service and to the provisions of PMC 2.08.080, to appoint, supervise and remove department heads and subordinate employees for whom he is the appointing power;

4. To attend meetings of the city council, unless excused, with the duty of reporting on or discussing any matter concerning the affairs of the departments, services or activities under his supervision, upon which, in his judgment, the city council should be informed;

5. To investigate and analyze the functions, duties and activities of the various departments, divisions and services of the city government and of all employees thereof and to make such recommendations to the city council with reference thereto as in his judgment will result in the highest degree of efficiency in the overall operation of the city government;

6. To be responsible for the administration of the budget after its final adoption and to keep the city council informed with respect thereto;

7. As agent for the city council, to supervise the expenditures for all departments, divisions or services of the city government and to supervise the purchasing of all supplies, goods, wares, merchandise, equipment and material which may be required for any of such departments, divisions or services;

8. To develop and organize necessary public improvement projects and programs and to aid and assist the city council and the various departments in carrying the same through to successful conclusion;

9. To serve as public relations officer of the city government and to follow through and endeavor to adjust all just complaints filed against any employee, department, division or service thereof;

10. To cooperate, within lawful limits, with all community organizations whose aim and purpose it is to advance the spiritual and material interests of the city and its people and to provide them, within lawful limits, with assistance through the city government;

11. To make and keep up to date an inventory of all property, real and personal, owned by the city and to recommend to the city council the purchase of new machinery, equipment and supplies whenever in his judgment the same can be obtained at the best advantage, taking into consideration trade-in value of machinery, equipment, etc., in use;

12. To receive and open all mail addressed to the city council and give immediate attention thereto to the end that all administrative business referred to in the communications and not necessarily requiring councilmanic action may be disposed of between council meetings; provided, that all actions taken pursuant to such communications shall be reported to the city council at its next regular meeting thereafter;

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

14. To devote his entire time to the duties of his office in the interest of the city;

15. To perform such other duties pertaining to his position as the city council may, from time to time, reasonably require.

B. The city manager shall act as the agent for the city council in the discharge of its administrative functions, but shall not exercise any policy making or legislative functions whatsoever, nor attempt to commit or bind the city council or any member thereof to any action, plan or program requiring official councilmanic action. It is not the intent of this section to grant any authority to, nor to impose any duty upon, the city manager which is vested in, or imposed by general law or valid city ordinances on, any city commission, board or department, nor any other officer or employee.

C. In the discharge of his duties, the city manager shall endeavor at all times to exercise the highest degree of tact, patience and courtesy in his contacts with officers and employees and shall use his best efforts to establish and maintain a harmonious relationship among all personnel employed in the city government, to the end that the highest possible standards of public service are continuously maintained.

D. 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 any orders or instructions to the city manager. [Ord. 668 C.S. § 38, 1974; 1937 Code § 20.]

2.12.030 Limitation on power.

Any and all acts of the city manager shall be subject to the approval and control of the city council. The council shall have the power to correct and set aside any action taken by him. [1937 Code § 21.]


For statutory provisions regarding the city manager and the city manager form of government, see Government Code §§ 34851 through 34859.