[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Montgomery 10-1-1979 by Ord. No. 68. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The position of Township Manager is hereby created in accordance with Section 599.1 of the Second Class Township Code, Act of May 1, 1933, P.L. 103, as amended.
Editor's Note: Former Section 599.1 was repealed 11-9-1995 by P.L. 350, No. 60. See now 53 P.S. § 66301.
The Township Manager shall be appointed for an indefinite term by a majority of all the members of the Board of Supervisors, which 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 Board may remove the Manager at any time by a majority of all its members and shall furnish the Manager with a written statement setting forth the reasons for such action.
The Township Manager shall be chosen solely 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.
The Township Manager shall be the chief administrative officer of the Township. He shall:
Be responsible to the Board of Supervisors for carrying out all policies and programs established by the Board.
Direct and supervise the activities of all municipal departments and functions except as otherwise provided by ordinance or law.
Appoint and, when deemed necessary, suspend, remove or otherwise discipline all Township employees, except department heads, on the basis of merit system principles. The Manager shall be a participant in all personnel actions affecting department heads, with the Board approving such actions. This subsection shall not apply to the Township Solicitor and the Township Engineer.
Make such recommendations to the Board concerning policy formulation as deemed desirable.
Prepare and administer the annual budget.
Keep the Board and public informed as to the conduct of Township affairs.
Prepare the agenda and attend all meetings of the Board with the right to take part in discussion but not to vote.
See that all laws with respect to Township matters, as well as all acts of the Board, are faithfully observed; however, this shall be construed as in addition to and not in substitution of the enforcement responsibility of any other officer or employee of the Township.
Negotiate contracts for the Township subject to the approval of the Board and which shall be executed by the officers of the Township.
Direct the study of complaints and suggestions received by the Township; see that proper response is made and that the Board is informed of such matters.
Become familiar with grant and assistance programs available from other governmental agencies and keep the Board informed as to the availability of these programs.
Perform such other duties as are designated by the Board.
It is the intention 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.
[Amended 12-10-1979 by Ord. No. 68A; amended 6-22-1992 by Ord. No. 92-1]
The Township Manager shall give bond to the Township in the sum of $50,000, with sufficient surety, conditioned for the faithful performance of his duties.