Chapter 2.20


2.20.010    Appointment – Qualifications – Term.

2.20.020    Compensation.

2.20.030    General powers and duties.

2.20.040    Powers and duties with respect to officers and employees.

2.20.050    Designation of acting manager.

*Charter reference – City manager generally, §§ 14-16.

2.20.010 Appointment – Qualifications – Term.

The council shall, whenever there is a vacancy, appoint a city manager, who shall be the administrative head of the municipal government. He shall be chosen by the council without regard to his political beliefs and solely upon the basis of his executive and administrative qualifications. The choice shall not be limited to the inhabitants of the city or state. He shall be appointed for an indefinite period and shall serve at the will of the council. (Code 1964, § 2-33; Code 1985, § 2-72).

Charter reference – Similar provisions, § 14.

2.20.020 Compensation.

The council shall, by resolution, fix the yearly compensation of the city manager, to be paid in monthly installments out of the city treasury. (Code 1964, § 2-34; Code 1985, § 2-73).

Charter reference – Manager’s compensation to be fixed by ordinance or resolution, § 14.

2.20.030 General powers and duties.

(1) The city manager shall be responsible to the council for the efficient administration of all affairs of the city. He shall see that all laws and ordinances are enforced. He shall exercise supervision and control over all departments and divisions created under the provisions of the Charter or which may be created by the council. He shall attend all meetings of the council, with the right to take part in the discussion, but with no vote.

(2) The city manager shall recommend to the council for adoption such measures as he may deem necessary or expedient. He shall see that all terms and conditions imposed in favor of the city or its inhabitants in any public utility franchise are faithfully kept and performed and, upon knowledge of any violation thereof, he shall call the same to the attention of the council and of the city attorney. He shall make and execute all contracts on behalf of the city, except as may be otherwise provided by the Charter or by ordinance or resolution of the council. He shall act as budget commissioner, and as such shall prepare and submit to the council the annual budget, after receiving estimates made by the heads or directors of the departments or of any board or commission not within a department. He shall keep the council at all times fully advised as to the financial condition and needs of the city. He shall perform all such other duties as may be prescribed by law or be required of him by ordinance or resolution of the council. (Code 1964, § 2-35; Code 1985, § 2-74).

Charter reference – General responsibilities and powers of city manager, § 15.

Cross reference – Finance, Title 3.

2.20.040 Powers and duties with respect to officers and employees.

Subject to provisions of annual budgets, current classification and compensation plans and ordinances of the city, the city manager shall appoint, promote and, when necessary for the good of the city, suspend, demote or remove officers and employees from the service of the city. This section does not apply to the city attorney, the city clerk, officers and employees of the public school system, constitutional officers and employees for which other provisions have been included under state law. (Code 1964, § 2-37; Code 1985, § 2-75).

2.20.050 Designation of acting manager.

During the absence or disability of the city manager, the council shall designate some properly qualified person to perform his duties. (Code 1964, § 2-38; Code 1985, § 2-76).

Charter reference – Similar provisions, § 14.