Chapter 2.08
CITY OFFICES

Sections:

2.08.010    City appointive officers.

2.08.020    City departments and offices created.

2.08.030    Executive department.

2.08.040    Office of the city attorney.

2.08.050    Department of finance.

2.08.060    Department of public services.

2.08.070    Police department.

2.08.080    Department of administrative services.

2.08.090    Municipal court.

2.08.100    Auditing officer.

2.08.110    Job descriptions.

2.08.120    Appointment of department heads, officers and employees.

2.08.130    Limitations.

2.08.010 City appointive officers.

A. Pursuant to RCW 35A.12.020, the following shall be appointive officers of the city: city administrator, administrative services director/city clerk, police chief, city attorney, public services director, chief financial officer, and prosecuting attorney.

B. The general functions, powers and duties of appointive officers shall be as provided in this chapter; provided, however, that the general functions, powers and duties of the municipal court judge shall be as provided in Chapter 2.16 BLMC.

C. Persons appointed by the mayor to an appointive office described in this section shall be subject to confirmation by a majority vote of the city council. In the case of vacancies, the mayor is authorized to employ an interim or acting officer for up to 12 months without council confirmation. Thereafter, any continued or new interim appointment shall be subject to council approval.

D. All appointive officers shall serve at the pleasure of the mayor as per the provisions of RCW 35A.12.090.

E. The city council may adopt procedures for the recruitment, evaluation, and selection of candidates for appointive office. (Ord. 1537 § 1, 2016; Ord. 1458 § 1, 2013; Ord. 1399 § 1, 2011; Ord. 1378 § 1, 2011; Ord. 1181 § 2, 2006).

2.08.020 City departments and offices created.

There is hereby created in the city of Bonney Lake the following offices and departments of city government: executive department, office of the city attorney, department of finance, department of administrative services, department of public services, police department, and municipal court. (Ord. 1537 § 1, 2016; Ord. 1399 § 1, 2011; Ord. 1378 § 1, 2011; Ord. 1181 § 2, 2006).

2.08.030 Executive department.

A. The executive department shall consist of the offices of the mayor, city administrator, facilities and special projects and events, and prosecuting attorney.

B. Salary. The salary for the mayor shall be established by ordinance of the city council.

C. Mayoral Powers and Duties.

1. The mayor is the chief executive officer of the city. All departments of the city are under the supervision and control of the mayor.

2. Oath, Affidavit and Signature Powers. The mayor and the deputy mayor shall have power to administer oaths and affirmations, take affidavits and certify them. The mayor, or the deputy mayor when acting as mayor, shall sign all conveyances made by the city and all instruments which require the city seal.

D. City Administrator. The city administrator shall be responsible to the mayor for the general coordination and supervision of the activities of the various city departments and offices, subject to the directives of the mayor. The city administrator shall be generally responsible for promoting efficient and effective service delivery and to see that departments are coordinating their activities.

E. Office of the Prosecuting Attorney. The office of the prosecuting attorney shall be under the general supervision of the mayor and city administrator. The prosecuting attorney shall be responsible for managing and prosecuting all misdemeanor criminal cases coming before the Bonney Lake municipal court, such as domestic violence, DUI, sexual assault, and child abuse cases; representing the city in bench and jury trials, arraignments, pre-trial hearings, sentencing hearings, appeals, forfeitures, and other court hearings; and coordinating with the public defender and city attorney as needed.

F. Office of Facilities and Special Projects and Events. The office of facilities and special projects and events shall be under the supervision of a facilities and special projects and events manager. Said office may be organized into distinct sections including but not necessarily limited to the following: facilities, special projects, and special events. The general functions of the office are to coordinate and/or sponsor recreation programs; plan municipal parks, trails, and open spaces; maintain the buildings and grounds of the city; plan and coordinate community events and festivals, manage the solid waste contract of the city, and undertake special projects as assigned. (Ord. 1537 § 1, 2016; Ord. 1399 § 1, 2011; Ord. 1181 § 2, 2006).

2.08.040 Office of the city attorney.

A. Duties and Responsibilities. The office of city attorney shall be the legal advisor to the mayor and council and of all of the officers, commissions and boards of the city in relation to matters pertaining to their operations in a governmental capacity. The city attorney shall represent the city in litigation, as assigned, in all courts in which the city is a party or directly interested and shall act generally as attorney for the city and the several departments of the city government, together with such additional duties as the council may prescribe by ordinance from time to time. In addition to the duties prescribed by the laws of the state of Washington, as hereinabove set forth, the city attorney shall: attend all regular meetings of the council; review and approve, as to form, all proposed ordinances, resolutions, leases, instruments of conveyances, contracts and agreements, and such other and similar instruments as may be required by the business of the city when requested to do so by the council, mayor, city administrator, or department head; advise the council, boards, commissions, department heads and other city officials and officers including the rendering of formal opinions when so requested, or when it appears to the attorney advisable to do so; coordinate with the prosecuting attorney as required, consult with and participate with other city officials or representatives of the city concerning settlement of claims against the city or its officials, officers and employees while acting in their official, governmental capacities; and attend, when requested to do so, official meetings of any board or commission in connection with the proposed drafting of any ordinances, resolutions or contracts.

B. Outside Legal Counsel. Nothing contained in this section shall be construed as to limit the authority of the mayor and city council to retain outside legal counsel when in the judgment of both the mayor and city council such counsel is needed or desirable, subject only to the availability of budgeted funds for such purposes, and subject to the limitations of state law for dealing with conflicts of interest. (Ord. 1537 § 1, 2016; Ord. 1399 § 1, 2011; Ord. 1181 § 2, 2006).

2.08.050 Department of finance.

The department of finance shall be under the supervision of a chief financial officer who shall assist the mayor and city administrator in the preparation of the annual budget and all work incidental thereto and shall have all duties assigned by state law to a city treasurer; supervise and be responsible for the disbursement of all monies; monitor expenditures to ensure that budget appropriations are not exceeded and as otherwise provided by law and the rules and regulations of the State Auditor’s Office relating to municipal corporations; maintain a general accounting system for the city government and each of its offices and departments; administer the payroll system of the city; prepare and distribute to the city council and all department heads a monthly statement of all receipts and disbursements in sufficient detail to show the exact financial condition of the city; prepare, as of the end of each fiscal year, a complete financial statement and report; supervise the collection of all taxes, special assessments, license fees and other revenues of the city; supervise investment of city funds; and assist with, and facilitate, the purchase of supplies, materials, equipment and other articles used by any office or department of the city government. (Ord. 1537 § 1, 2016; Ord. 1399 § 1, 2011).

2.08.060 Department of public services.

A. The department of public services shall be under the general supervision of a public services director. The public services director may serve as the supervisor of one or more divisions or offices of the department as needed or assigned. The mayor may organize said department into different divisions or sections including but not necessarily limited to the following: an engineering and infrastructure development division headed by the city engineer, a public works division headed by a superintendent of public works, and a planning and building division. Wherever the Bonney Lake Municipal Code refers to the position of public works director, director of public works, or planning and community development director, it shall mean public services director until amended hereafter.

B. The duties and responsibilities of the department of public services shall include, but are not necessarily limited to:

1. Transportation. The construction, operation and maintenance of all public streets, sidewalks, alleys, bridges, viaducts, street lights, signals, signs, highways and rights-of-way.

2. Fleet. The acquisition, maintenance, and disposition of the city’s equipment fleet as established in the equipment rental and replacement fund.

3. Parks Maintenance. To operate and maintain the city’s parks, trails, and open spaces; and to administer and maintain the community forestry program of the city.

4. Water Supply and Distribution. The construction, operation and maintenance of the city’s water supply, storage and distribution facilities, including water mains, pumping stations, reservoirs, and wells.

5. Sewer Collection. The construction, operation and maintenance of all sanitary sewers, sewer facilities and appurtenances, including sanitary sewers and pumping stations.

6. Stormwater. The construction and maintenance of all city stormwater facilities and appurtenances, including storm sewers, drains, ditches, ponds, culverts and streams and watercourses under jurisdiction of the city.

7. Planning and Building. To generally plan the physical development of the city; prepare the comprehensive and coordinated plans therefor; administer, inspect, and enforce SEPA and all platting, zoning, building, environmental, and land use ordinances and regulations.

8. Engineering. To ensure compliance with adopted public works standards and codes, and to undertake, administer and/or monitor the engineering and construction of public and private infrastructure within the city, including the city’s capital improvement programs and other public works related engineering projects. (Ord. 1537 § 1, 2016).

2.08.070 Police department.

A. The police department shall be under the supervision of the police chief, who shall serve as the chief law enforcement officer of the city as provided in RCW 35A.12.020. The mayor may organize the police department into different divisions including but not necessarily limited to the following: administration managed by a lieutenant or similar command position, and operations managed by a lieutenant or similar command position. The police chief may serve as the manager of one or more divisions or offices of the department as needed.

B. Police Positions Exempted from Civil Service – Existing Employees May Retain For-Cause Protection. The positions of chief of police, assistant police chief (or similar command position title denoting the second-in-command), and department assistant shall be excluded from civil service and the Bonney Lake civil service commission rules and regulations pursuant to RCW 41.12.050; provided, however, that any current Bonney Lake civil service employee who is promoted to a civil service-exempt position may elect to retain his or her right to discipline or dismissal only for cause and related rights under RCW 41.12.080 and 41.12.090 and the corresponding provisions of the commission rules and regulations.

C. The duties and responsibilities of the police department shall include all duties and responsibilities prescribed by city ordinance or resolution, as well as the provisions of state and federal law. The police department has all such authority, responsibility, and duties as are normal to municipal police departments, including, but not limited to, maintenance of the peace, issuance of citations, arrest and detention of persons committing criminal offenses or who are mentally ill, investigation of criminal activity, establishment and maintenance of intelligence files, production of scientific evidence, crime prevention, animal control, and such other duties as are set by ordinance of the city or by the laws of the state.

D. Operations Division. The operations division shall be under the supervision of an assistant chief, police lieutenant or similar command position. The general purpose of the operations division shall be to carry out the patrol, traffic, school resource, crime prevention, and related operational programs of the police department.

E. Administrative Division. The administrative division shall be under the supervision of an assistant chief, police lieutenant or similar command position. The general purpose of the administrative division shall be to carry out the investigations, records, property, evidence, training, and support services activities of the police department. (Ord. 1537 § 1, 2016; Ord. 1437 § 1, 2012; Ord. 1399 § 1, 2011; Ord. 1181 § 2, 2006. Formerly 2.08.080).

2.08.080 Department of administrative services.

The department of administrative services shall be under the supervision of an administrative services director. The administrative services director shall supervise the divisions and offices of the department, shall provide administrative assistance to the mayor as needed, and provide legislative support to the council as requested. The mayor may organize the department of administrative services into various offices and divisions including but not necessarily limited to the following: office of the city clerk headed by a city clerk which may be the administrative services director, office of human resources headed by a human resources manager, office of information services headed by an information services manager, and senior services division, headed by a senior services manager. The department director may serve as the manager of one or more divisions or offices of the department as required. If so designated by the mayor, the administrative services director shall also serve as the city’s designated risk manager. The powers, duties and responsibilities of the department of administrative services and its various divisions and offices shall include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:

A. Office of the City Clerk. The city clerk shall be responsible for supervision of all city records, whether printed or electronic. The duties of the city clerk shall include the performance of all duties as set forth in RCW 35A.42.040 and other statutes and ordinances applicable to the office of the city clerk.

B. Office of Human Resources. The office of human resources shall be under the supervision of a human resources manager. It shall be the duty and responsibility of the human resources office to recommend and administer the city’s human resources policies and programs; ensure compliance with statutory requirements and city policies and procedures relative to employment law, collective bargaining, and safety issues; develop, maintain, and administer a comprehensive benefits program for the employees of the city; maintain and update the city’s classification system; maintain the city’s salary schedules; develop recruiting plans and administer the selection and hiring processes for all city employment; coordinate with departments on the use of contract employees and employment agencies; represent the city in all collective bargaining and grievance issues; investigate and resolve employee relations issues; develop and administer the city’s safety programs; administer the city’s equal employment opportunities programs; and maintain the data in the city’s human resources information system.

C. Office of Information Services. The office of information services shall be under the supervision of the information services manager. It shall be the duty and responsibility of the information services manager to manage the city-wide information technology/systems and telecommunications systems and activities; lead and develop technology strategic plans and implementation strategies; provide IT/IS leadership in integrating and aligning technology with city plans, goals and objectives; organize, manage and evaluate the information services office and its operations to ensure effective support for organizational objectives and efficient and effective implementation of initiatives.

D. Senior Services Division. The senior services division shall be under the supervision of the senior services manager, who shall have the duty and responsibility to plan, organize and administer a variety of services for senior citizens; manage the Bonney Lake Senior Center; coordinate with the Bonney Lake area senior citizens nonprofit corporation and other groups who have a close relationship with the Senior Center; develop, schedule and oversee the programs and services which are offered at the Senior Center; work with community agencies and resources on the provision of senior services; work with private and public funding sources on continued funding, and develop fund raising ideas for the Senior Center; assist in writing grants for specific programs or capital expenditures; provide information and make appropriate referrals for Bonney Lake senior adults needing assistance; and supervise the activities, programs, and classes offered through the Senior Center. (Ord. 1537 § 1, 2016; Ord. 1399 § 1, 2011; Ord. 1378 § 1, 2011; Ord. 1181 § 2, 2006. Formerly 2.08.090).

2.08.090 Municipal court.

A. The municipal court shall be organized and operate in accordance with the provisions contained in Chapter 2.16 BLMC and the general rules prescribed by the Washington State Courts System.

B. The municipal court shall be under the general direction of the municipal court judge and day-to-day supervision of the court administrator, who shall manage and oversee all court functions, other than judicial functions. (Ord. 1537 § 1, 2016; Ord. 1399 § 1, 2011; Ord. 1181 § 2, 2006. Formerly 2.08.100).

2.08.100 Auditing officer.

Pursuant to the provisions of RCW 42.24.080, the position of auditing officer for the city is hereby established. The city administrator or his/her designee is hereby designated as the auditing officer. (Ord. 1537 § 1, 2016; Ord. 1399 § 1, 2011; Ord. 1181 § 2, 2006. Formerly 2.08.110).

2.08.110 Job descriptions.

Under the direction of the administrative services director, the human resources manager is authorized and directed to establish and maintain job descriptions for all regular full-time and part-time positions in the city. Said job descriptions shall include, at a minimum, the essential duties and responsibilities of the position and the desired minimum qualifications as may be described in this chapter. (Ord. 1537 § 1, 2016; Ord. 1399 § 1, 2011; Ord. 1181 § 2, 2006. Formerly 2.08.120).

2.08.120 Appointment of department heads, officers and employees.

All department heads, officers and employees of the city shall be appointed on the basis of their knowledge, ability, and skill to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the position, as required by RCW 35A.12.090. (Ord. 1537 § 1, 2016; Ord. 1399 § 1, 2011; Ord. 1181 § 2, 2006. Formerly 2.08.130).

2.08.130 Limitations.

This chapter expresses the general organizational structure for the administration of the city only, and is not intended to create any employment right or benefit for an individual employee or appointive officer. (Ord. 1537 § 1, 2016; Ord. 1399 § 1, 2011; Ord. 1181 § 2, 2006. Formerly 2.08.140).