City Manager

About the City Manager

City HallThe city manager shall be the chief administrative officer of the city. He/she shall be chosen by the council solely on the basis of his/her training, experience, and administrative qualifications and need not be a resident of the city at the time of his/her appointment. The city manager shall be appointed for an indefinite period and may be removed by the council at any time.

In the event of removal, the manager may within 15 days thereafter request that he/she be furnished with the reason for such removal, and the council shall within 30 days provide him/her with a written statement of such reasons. The council may designate some properly qualified person to perform the duties of the manager during his/her absence or disability or while the office of manager is vacant.

Powers & Duties of the City Manager

Subject to the provisions of this Charter and any council regulations consistent therewith, the city manager shall control and direct the administration of the city’s affairs. He/she shall have the power and duties set forth in the following subdivisions.

Subdivision 1

He/she shall, subject to the merit system ordinance, appoint, suspend and remove all city officers not elected by the voters and all city employees, except the city attorney and his/her immediate staff, and as otherwise provided in this Charter.

Subdivision 2

He/she shall see that this Charter and the laws, ordinances and resolutions of the city are enforced.

Subdivision 3

He/she shall exercise control over all departments and divisions of the city administration created by this Charter or by the council.

Subdivision 4

He/she shall attend all meetings of the council, unless excused, with the right to take part in the discussion but not to vote; but the council may in its discretion exclude him/her from any meeting at which his/her removal is considered.

Subdivision 5

He/she shall recommend to the council for adoption such measures as he/she may deem necessary for the welfare of the people and the efficient administration of the city’s affairs.

Subdivision 6

He/she shall keep the council fully advised as to the financial condition and needs of the city, and he/she shall prepare and submit to the council the annual budget.

Subdivision 7

He/she shall prepare and submit to the council for adoption an administrative code incorporating the details of administrative procedure, prescribing the duties of the city clerk, city treasurer, and other subordinate officers. He/she shall from time to time suggest amendments to such code.

Subdivision 8

He/she shall perform such other duties as may be prescribed by this Charter or by law or required of him/her by ordinances or resolutions adopted by the council.