[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Warwick 9-14-1987 by Ord. No. 87-5 (Part 2:800 of the 1984 Warwick Township Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The office of Township Manager is hereby created.
The Township Manager shall be appointed by majority vote of the Board of Supervisors for an indefinite term. He shall be chosen by the Board solely on the basis of his executive and administrative qualifications, with special reference to his actual experience in or his knowledge of accepted practice in respect to the duties of his office hereinafter set forth.
No Supervisor shall receive such an appointment during the term for which he shall have been elected nor within one year after the expiration of his term.
The Board of Supervisors may remove the Township Manager at any time by a majority vote of its members. Notice of removal of the Township Manager shall be given 30 days before the effective date of removal. Upon removal, the Board of Supervisors shall pay his salary under the provisions stated in the contract with the Manager; provided, however, that if the Manager is removed for conviction of an illegal act, or further provided that if the Manager voluntarily resigns, the Township shall have no duty to pay any salary after the removal date or the voluntary resignation, as the case may be.
The Township Manager shall be the chief administrative officer of the Township, and he shall be responsible to the Board of Supervisors for the proper and efficient administration of all affairs of the Township. The powers and duties of administration of all Township business shall be vested in the Manager, unless expressly imposed or conferred by statute upon other Township officers.
Subject to recall by ordinance of the Board of Supervisors, the powers and duties of the Manager shall include the following:
He shall supervise and be responsible for the activities of all municipal departments.
He shall hire and, when necessary for the good of the service, shall suspend or discharge any employee under his supervision with the exception of department heads, who shall be appointed, suspended or discharged with the advice and consent of the Board of Supervisors, provided that persons covered by the civil service statutes shall be hired, suspended or discharged in accordance with such provisions, and provided, further, that the Manager report, at the next meeting thereafter of the Board of Supervisors, any action taken by authority of this subsection.
He shall have the power to establish a standard schedule of pay for each appointive office and position in the Township service, including minimal, intermediate and maximum rates of pay, within a range previously determined by the Board.
He shall prepare and submit to the Board of Supervisors as of the end of the fiscal year a complete report on the finances and administrative activities of the Township for the preceding year.
He shall prepare and submit to the Board of Supervisors an annual budget, together with a message describing its important features, and be responsible for its administration after adoption.
He shall keep the Board of Supervisors advised of the financial condition and future needs of the Township and make such recommendations as he may deem desirable. He shall prepare, periodically, recommendations as to a capital expense budget, and he shall also prepare a quarterly report on current budget expenditures.
He shall recommend to the governing body, from time to time, adoption of such measures as he may deem necessary or expedient for the health, safety or welfare of the community or for the improvement of administrative services.
He shall consolidate or combine offices, positions, departments or units under his jurisdiction, with the advice and consent of the Board of Supervisors. The Manager may be the head of one or more departments.
He shall attend all meetings of the Board of Supervisors unless excused therefrom and take part in the discussion of all matters coming before the Board of Supervisors. He shall receive notice of all subsidiary meetings of the Board and its committees and also attend such subsidiary Board meetings as the Board of Supervisors shall from time to time direct.
He shall attend to the letting of contracts in due form of law, and he shall supervise the performance and faithful execution of the same, except insofar as such duties are expressly imposed by statute upon some other Township officer.
He shall see that all money owed the Township is promptly paid and that proper proceedings are taken for the security and collection of all the Township's claims.
He shall be the purchasing officer of the Township, and he shall purchase, in accordance with the provisions of the Township Code, all supplies and equipment for the agencies, boards, departments and other offices of the Township. He shall keep an account of all purchases and shall, from time to time or when directed by the Board, make a full written report thereof. He shall also issue rules and regulations, subject to the approval of the Board, governing the procurement of all municipal supplies and equipment.
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 65101 et seq.
He shall see that the provisions of all laws, ordinances, contracts, franchises, leases, permits and privileges granted by the Township are observed and duly enforced.
He shall investigate the affairs of the Township or any department or division thereof. The Manager shall investigate all complaints in relations to matters concerning the administration of the government of the Township. All complaints regarding Township services shall be referred to the office of the Manager. He or an officer designated by him shall dispose of such complaints, and the Manager shall report thereon to the Board.
He shall supervise the routing of all reports and correspondence.
He shall perform such other duties as may be required by the Board of Supervisors, not inconsistent with the law or ordinances.
If the Manager becomes ill or needs to be absent from the Township, he shall designate one qualified member of his staff to perform the duties of the Manager during his absence or disability. The person so designated shall not perform these duties for a period longer than two weeks without the approval of the Board.
The Township Manager shall furnish a surety bond to be approved by the Board of Supervisors and to be conditioned on the faithful performance of his duties. The premium of the bond shall be paid by the Township.
The Township Manager shall receive such compensation as the Board of Supervisors shall fix from time to time by motion or resolution.
Any vacancy in the office of the Township Manager shall be filled within 60 days after the effective date of such vacancy.