Chapter 2.04
CITY MANAGER – MAYOR*

Sections:

2.04.010    Duties of mayor.

2.04.020    Mayor’s duties vested in city manager – Exceptions.

2.04.030    City manager as chief administrative officer and authorized signatory.

2.04.040    Specific powers and duties of city manager.

2.04.050    Statutory and council-prescribed duties of city manager.

*    For the emergency organization of the city, see Chapter 2.24 BMC.

2.04.010 Duties of mayor.

The duties of the mayor shall be as defined in Chapter 35.24 RCW. (Prior code § 1-501)

2.04.020 Mayor’s duties vested in city manager – Exceptions.

For the purpose of the administration and enforcement of the city ordinances, resolutions, policies and regulations, wherever the word “mayor” is used in existing city ordinances, resolutions, policies and regulations, it shall be construed to mean the “city manager of the city of Blaine and his or her designee”; provided, however, that the word “mayor” shall mean “mayor” where used in existing city ordinances, resolutions, policies and regulations that unmistakably by their context prescribe a power or duty of the chairman of the city council or head of the city for ceremonial purposes or head of the city for purposes of military law in time of public danger. The mayor (city manager) shall also have the power to declare restrictions to include, but not limited to water use restrictions. (Ord. 2207 § 1, 1995; Ord. 1992 § 1, 1990; Ord. 1637 § 1, 1982)

2.04.030 City manager as chief administrative officer and authorized signatory.

The city manager shall be the chief administrative officer of the city and shall be the authorized official of the city to sign all contracts and agreements, applications and other official documents on behalf of the city. (Ord. 1636 § 1, 1982)

2.04.040 Specific powers and duties of city manager.

The city manager shall, consistent with applicable laws, have the following specific powers and duties:

A. Confer with the mayor and other members of the city council on administrative matters and policies pertinent to city business including, but not limited to, legal, engineering, maintenance, construction, communications, facilities, utilities, budgets, fiscal matters, planning and zoning;

B. Work closely with department heads and coordinate city activities and projects with other private and governmental entities including, but not limited to, school, fire, water, park and other federal, state and local agencies;

C. Be responsible for the hiring and supervision and disciplining of the administrative staff and the appointment of department heads, officials and other city employees;

D. Conduct extensive research needed for city activities;

E. Prepare reports concerning the departments and related problems for the city council, its mayor and other governmental agencies;

F. Propose ordinances relating to various city departments and activities and functions therein;

G. Revise or reaffirm staff recommendations;

H. Attend city council (including council committee) and staff meetings regularly;

I. Upon request, attend meetings of boards and commissions appointed by the city council;

J. Review plans and technical reports, budget submittals and other data relating to departmental programs, projects and performance;

K. Evaluate departmental preliminary budget proposals and prepare a preliminary annual budget for presentation and review by the city council, and prepare the city’s final budget and maintain budget control of all city expenditures. (Ord. 1636 § 2, 1982)

2.04.050 Statutory and council-prescribed duties of city manager.

The city manager shall have all those powers and duties set forth in Chapter 35A.13 RCW, as it exists as of the passage of the ordinance codified in this section and chapter or may thereafter be amended, and such other powers and duties as the city council may from time to time prescribe by ordinance or resolution. (Ord. 1636 § 3, 1982)