Chapter 2.15


2.15.010    Definitions.

2.15.020    Creation of the position of city manager – Role – Authority – Responsibilities and obligations of the position.

2.15.010 Definitions.

The following terms are defined to help in understanding the language and intent of the following provisions:

“City” shall mean city of Riverton, Utah.

“City council” means the elected representatives comprised of six persons to be members of the governing body of the city.

“City manager” means the person appointed by the governing body to manage the administrative affairs of the city pursuant to Section 10-3-830, Utah Code Annotated 1953.

“Employee” means any person appointed by the city who is under the classified merit system.

Gender. The masculine, feminine or neuter gender, and the singular or plural number, shall each include the others whenever the context so indicates.

“Governing body” means that body of elected officials composed of the city council and the mayor who represents the people of Riverton.

“Mayor” means the elected official who represents the city in all of its external relationships, unless otherwise delegated, and who presides at meetings of the governing body of the city.

“Officer” means any person who is an employee of Riverton who is in a leadership position and is not under the classified merit system.

“Qualified elector” means a person who is registered to vote within the city. [Ord. 4-6-04-1 § 1. Code 1997 § 3-8-17A-1.]

2.15.020 Creation of the position of city manager – Role – Authority – Responsibilities and obligations of the position.

(1) Office Created. The office of city manager is created pursuant to Section 10-3-830, Utah Code Annotated 1953.

(2) Control. The powers, duties and functions of that office to be administrated and carried out by the city manager shall be subject to the control of the governing body.

(3) Appointment. The governing body shall appoint a city manager on the basis of the manager’s ability to adequately perform the duties of that office.

(4) Term of Office and Severance Pay. The city manager shall serve at the pleasure of the governing body. In cases where the city manager is removed without cause, the city shall pay the city manager 30 days’ severance pay unless otherwise established by written contract between the manager and the city.

(5) Salary. The salary of the city manager shall be set from time to time by the governing body through a resolution of the city council unless set by written contract between the city manager and the governing body or in conjunction with other increases approved by the city council during the budgeting process.

(6) Office and Time Spent. The city manager shall maintain an office in City Hall and shall spend such time in the performance of his duties as is necessary or may be required from time to time by the governing body. The city manager shall not accept other employment during his term of employment with the city without the approval of the governing body.

(7) Residency. The city manager need not be a resident or qualified elector of the city at the time of appointment. However, the governing body may require the city manager to become a resident and a qualified elector of the city after his appointment.

(8) General Duties. The city manager under the direction of the governing body shall:

(a) Have and exercise general control and supervision over administrative activities of the city including but not limited to construction, maintenance, improvement, and repair of all city properties, ditches, culverts, streams, watercourses, curbings and gutters, public buildings, streets, parks, playgrounds, detention basins, cemeteries, records and supplies, and other grounds and properties belonging to or under the jurisdiction of the city.

(b) Prepare plans and programs concerning the development, operation, and needs of the city and submit such plans to the governing body to be approved and developed as policy.

(c) Set performance standards and exercise managerial control to ensure that the city government is functioning in an efficient and effective manner.

(d) Recommend creation of all necessary departments, divisions, bureaus and offices necessary for the government of the city to the governing body for their approval prior to implementation.

(e) Ensure all executive procedures and activities are in compliance with the provisions of the Uniform Fiscal Procedures Act for Utah Cities.

(f) Keep a current inventory accounting for real and personal property of the city and its location and shall be responsible for the care and custody of all such property including equipment, buildings, parks, and all other city property which is not by law assigned to some other officer or governmental body for care and control.

(g) Examine the books and official papers of the city’s departments and offices.

(h) Manage the day-to-day affairs of the city and shall be the manager to whom all city employees shall report. Hire and discharge employees, with the exception of appointed officers, pursuant to the personnel policies adopted by the governing body at such compensation as may be set or authorized by that body. Discipline any employee as necessary pursuant to personnel policies of the city. See that all employees shall perform their duties subject to the general direction of the governing body.

(i) Review all proposed contracts to which the city may be a party and shall make recommendations concerning the same to the governing body. It shall be the duty of the city manager to see that the terms of any contract to which the city is a party are fully performed by all parties thereto.

(j) Have and exercise all powers and duties assigned to him by ordinance or resolution and shall carry out the policies and programs established by the governing body.

(k) May execute and sign all written obligations of the city not otherwise specified under the role of the mayor or as required by law or ordinance.

(l) Emergency Interim Successors to City Manager. If, because of natural or human-caused disaster or emergency situation, absence, disability or death, the city manager is unable to carry out the duties imposed by this chapter, the duties and authorities of the city manager shall be exercised by one of the following municipal officials, in the order indicated, until the city manager or a person higher on the priority list becomes capable of exercising such duties:

(i) Assistant city manager;

(ii) City attorney;

(iii) Director of public works;

(iv) City engineer;

(v) Director of finance;

(vi) City recorder.

The exercise of emergency interim successor duties pursuant to this subsection shall be promptly reported to the members of the city council as soon as practical by the person assuming those duties. [Amended during 2011 recodification; Ord. 09-04 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 4-6-04-1 § 1. Code 1997 § 3-8-17A-2.]