[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Whitpain 12-7-1981 by Ord. No. 76-4. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Emergency management organization — See Ch. 12.
The purpose of this chapter is to enable the township to function under generally accepted principles of the Council-Manager form of government. The Board of Supervisors shall be responsible for legislative policy making and appointing a professional Township Manager, who shall be responsible for supervising and conducting the administrative affairs of the township in a nonpartisan manner. It is the intent of this chapter to delegate to the Township Manager all of the nonlegislative powers and duties of the Board of Supervisors as authorized by Section 599.1 of the Second Class Township Code, Act of May 1, 1933, P.L. 103, as amended.
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 66301.
The position of Township Manager is hereby created. The Manager shall be appointed for an indefinite term by a majority of all the members of the Board of Supervisors, who shall fix the amount of compensation. The Board shall enter into an employment agreement with the Manager, setting forth the terms and conditions of employment.
The Township Manager shall be chosen on the basis of executive and administrative qualifications, with special reference to training and/or experience in municipal management. The Manager need not be a resident of the township or state at the time of appointment and may reside outside the township while in office with the approval of the Board.
The Township Manager shall be the chief administrative officer of the township. He or she shall:
Be responsible to the Board of Supervisors for carrying out all policies and programs established by the Board.
Direct and supervise the administration of all departments and functions of the township except as otherwise provided by ordinance or law.
Appoint, and when deemed necessary, suspend, remove or otherwise discipline all township employees on the basis of merit system principles (except where tenure provisions apply). This subsection shall not apply to the Township Solicitor. (All appointments and disciplinary action that occurs at the department head level shall be discussed with the Board of Supervisors prior to any action being taken, and no action shall be taken unless approved by the Board.)
Make such recommendations to the Board concerning policy formulation as deemed desirable.
Prepare and submit the annual budget to the Board, together with such explanatory comment as deemed necessary, and administer the approved budget.
Keep the Board and public informed as to the conduct of township affairs.
See that all laws and acts of the Board, subject to enforcement by him/her or by officers subject to the Manager's supervision, are faithfully observed.
Prepare the agenda and attend all meetings of the Board with the right to take part in discussion but not to vote.
Negotiate and sign contracts for the township, subject to approval of the Board.
Perform such other duties as are designated by the Board.
It is the intent of this chapter that the Board act as a body in all administrative matters except those of a ministerial nature performed by the Chairman of the Board. It is contrary to the spirit of this chapter for individual members of the Board or for committees of the Board to interfere with the Manager or any authorized personnel of the township in the performance of their duties. The Board and all members thereof shall deal with administrative matters solely through the Manager. However, nothing herein shall prevent the Board from establishing a committee of its own members to review the operations and legislative needs of the township departments or from assigning its members to liaison relationships with boards, commissions and authorities.
The Manager shall designate in writing a qualified employee to serve as Acting Township Manager during the temporary absence or disability of the Manager. The Board, by a majority vote, may at any time revoke such designation and appoint a qualified employee to serve as Acting Manager.