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Township of Worcester, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Worcester 11-15-1995 by Ord. No. 142. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Salaries and compensation — See Ch. 26.
The purpose of this chapter is to enable Worcester 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 for appointing a professional Township Manager who, in consultation with the Board of Supervisors, shall be responsible for supervising and conducting the administrative affairs of the Township as well as for carrying out all policies and programs established by the Board.
The position of Township Manager is hereby established in and for the Township of Worcester, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
The Township Manager shall be appointed for an indefinite term by a majority of all members of the Board of Supervisors. Unless otherwise specified in a written contract, the Manager shall serve at the pleasure of the Board and may be removed, with or without cause, at any time by a majority vote of all of its members.
The Township Manager shall be chosen solely on the basis of executive and administrative abilities, with special reference to training and/or experience in municipal management. During his or her tenure, the Manager shall not hold any other elected governmental office.
Although it is preferred that the Manager be a resident of Worcester Township, Township residency shall not be a requirement for appointment as Township Manager. While in office, the Township Manager may reside outside Worcester Township with the approval of the Board.
Before entering upon his or her duties, the Township Manager shall give a bond to the Township, with an approved bonding company as surety, in the sum of $100,000, conditioned upon the faithful performance of his or her duties, with the premium for such bond to be paid from the general fund of the Township.
The salary of the Township Manager shall be fixed from time to time by resolution or by specific identification of such compensation in the annual budget of the Township. Such resolution or identification may reflect contractual arrangements previously made between the Township and the Township Manager.
The Township Manager shall be the chief administrative officer of the Township and shall be responsible to the Board of Supervisors as a whole for the proper and efficient administration of the affairs of the Township. The powers and duties of administration of all day-to-day Township business shall be vested in the Manager, unless expressly imposed or conferred by statute, ordinance or resolution upon other Township officers.
In the relationship between the Board of Supervisors and the Township Manager, the Board shall act as a body in all of its dealings with the Manager. Individual members of the Board shall refrain from interfering with the Manager or any authorized personnel of the Township in the performance of their duties.
Nothing in this chapter shall prevent the Board from reviewing or 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 the boards, commissions and authorities.
The office of Township Manager shall, consistent with the Second Class Township Code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,[1] be deemed incompatible with the office of Township Supervisor. The office of Township Manager shall not, however, be deemed incompatible with the office of Township Secretary, Township Treasurer or any other Township offices or employment except that of Supervisor.
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 65101 et seq.