[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Bridgeport 4-10-1990 by Ord. No. 510, approved 4-10-1990 (Ch. 18 of the 1975 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The office of Borough Manager is hereby created by the Borough Council of the Borough of Bridgeport.
The Manager shall be appointed for an indefinite term by a majority of all members of the Council. The Manager shall serve at the pleasure of the Council, and he may be removed at any time by a majority vote of all its members. At least 30 days before such removal is to become effective, the Council shall furnish the Manager with a written statement setting forth its intention to remove him. The Manager may be removed without cause.
The Manager shall be chosen solely on the basis of his or her executive and administrative abilities, with special reference to the duties of his or her office as herein outlined. The Manager need not be a resident of the Borough or of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at the time of his appointment, but during the tenure of his or her office he or she may reside outside the Borough only with the approval of Council. If the Council fails within a reasonable time, not to exceed 60 days after the appointment, to approve the Manager's residence outside the Borough, he or she must immediately become and during his tenure remain a resident of the Borough of Bridgeport.
[Amended 6-25-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-005, approved 6-25-2013]
The Borough shall have insurance coverage or bond in the amount that Council determines is necessary, but not less than $10,000, to protect against losses due to unfaithful performance of duties by the Manager. The premium for this insurance or bond shall be paid by the Borough.
The salary of the Borough Manager shall be fixed from time to time by resolution.
The Manager shall be the chief administrative officer of the Borough, and he or she shall be responsible to the Council as a whole for the proper and efficient administration of the affairs of the Borough. The powers and duties of administration of all Borough business shall be vested in the Manager, unless expressly imposed or conferred by statute upon other Borough officers. Subject to amendment by subsequent ordinance of the Council, the powers and duties of the Borough Manager shall include the following:
The Manager shall supervise and be responsible for the activities of all municipal departments.
The Manager shall hire with the approval of the Borough Council and, when necessary for the good of the Borough and with approval of the Borough Council, shall suspend or discharge any employee under his or her supervision, provided that persons covered by the civil service provisions of the Borough Code (§§ 1171 through 1195 of the Borough Code) shall be hired, suspended or discharged in accordance with such provisions, and provided, further, that the Manager shall report at the next meeting thereafter of the Council any action taken by authority of this subsection.
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. §§ 46171 through 46195.
The Manager shall have the power to fix wages and salaries of all personnel under his supervision, within a range previously determined by the Council.
The Manager shall prepare and submit to the Council before the close of each fiscal year a budget for the next fiscal year and an explanatory budget message. In preparing the budget, the Manager or an officer designated by the Manager shall obtain from the head of each department, agency or board or any qualified officer thereof estimates of revenues and expenditures and such other supporting data as he or she may require. The Manager shall review such estimates and may revise them before submitting the budget to the Council.
The Manager shall be responsible for the administration of the budget after its adoption by the Council.
The Manager shall, in conjunction with the preparation of the yearly budget, develop long-range fiscal plans for the municipality, such plans to be presented annually to the Council for its review and adoption.
The Manager shall hold such other municipal offices and head such municipal departments as the Council may from time to time direct.
The Manager shall attend all meetings of the Council and its committees with the right to take part in the discussions, and he or she shall receive notice of all special meetings of the Council and its committees.
The Manager shall prepare the agenda for each meeting of the Council and supply facts pertinent thereto.
The Manager shall keep the Council informed as to the conduct of Borough affairs; submit periodic reports on the condition of the Borough finances and such other reports as the Council requests; and make such recommendations to the Council as he or she deems advisable.
The Manager shall submit to the Council as soon as possible after the close of the fiscal year a complete report on the finances and the administrative activities of the Borough for the preceding year.
The Manager shall see that the provisions of all franchises, leases, permits and privileges granted by the Borough are observed.
The Manager may employ, by and with the approval of Council, experts and consultants to perform work and to advise in connection with any of the functions of the Borough.
The Manager shall attend to the letting of contracts in due form of law, and he or she shall supervise the performance and faithful execution of the same, except insofar as such duties are expressly imposed by statute upon some other Borough officer.
The Manager shall see that all money owned the Borough is promptly paid and that proper proceedings are taken for the security and collection of all the Borough's claims.
The Manager shall be the purchasing officer of the Borough, and he or she shall purchase, in accordance with the provisions of the Borough Code, all supplies and equipment for the agencies, boards, departments and other offices of the Borough. He or she shall keep an account of all purchases and shall from time to time or when directed by the Council make a full written report thereof. He or she shall also issue rules and regulations, subject to the approval of the Council, governing the procurement of all municipal supplies and equipment.
All complaints regarding Borough services shall be referred to the office of the Manager. He or she, or an officer designated by the Manager, shall investigate and dispose of such complaints, and the Manager shall report thereon to the Council.
With the approval of Borough Council, the Mayor is hereby authorized to delegate to the Borough Manager, subject to revocation by written notification at any time, any of the Mayor's nonlegislative and nonjudicial powers and duties.
Except for purposes of inquiry, the Borough Council, its committees and its members shall deal with the administrative service of the Borough solely through the Borough Manager, and neither the Council nor any of its committees nor any of its members shall give orders, publicly or privately, to any subordinate of the Manager.
If the Manager becomes ill or needs to be absent from the Borough, he or she shall designate one qualified member of the Borough staff to perform the duties of the Manager during his or her absence or disability. The person so designated shall not perform these duties for a period longer than two weeks without the approval of the Council.