Township of Springfield, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Springfield 11-12-1969 by Ord. No. 584. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Meetings of Board of Commissioners — See Ch. 57.
Salaries and compensation — See Ch. 77.
The office of Township Manager is hereby created by the Township of Springfield.
The Manager shall be appointed for an indefinite term by a majority of all members of the Board of Commissioners. The Manager shall serve at the pleasure of the Board 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 Board shall furnish the Manager with a written statement setting forth its intention to remove him.
The Manager shall be chosen solely on the basis of his executive and administrative abilities, with special reference to the duties of his office as herein outlined.
The Manager need not be a resident of Springfield Township at the time of his employment, but he shall become a resident of the township within six months after his employment commences. If, however, the Manager is also elected Secretary of the township by the Board of Commissioners, then, in that event, he must be a qualified voter of the township at the time of his election.
Before entering upon his duties, the Manager shall give a bond to the township, with a bonding company as surety, to be approved by the Board, in the sum of $10,000, conditioned upon the faithful performance of his duties, the premium for said bond to be paid by the township.
The salary of the Township Manager shall be fixed from time to time by ordinance.
The Manager shall be the chief administrative officer of the township, and he shall be responsible to the Board as a whole for the proper and efficient administration of the 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, the powers and duties of the Township 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, provided that persons covered by the civil service provisions of the First Class Township 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 Board, any action taken by authority of this subsection.
He shall have the power to fix wages and salaries of all personnel under his supervision, within a range previously determined by the Board.
He shall prepare and submit to the Board, 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 him, 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 requires. The Manager shall review such estimates and may revise them before submitting the budget to the Board.
He shall be responsible for the administration of the budget after its adoption by the Board.
He 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 Board for its review and adoption.
He shall hold such other municipal offices and head such municipal departments as the Board may from time to time direct.
He shall attend all meetings of the Board and its committees, with the right to take part in the discussions, and he shall receive notice of all special meetings of Board and its committees.
He shall prepare the agenda for each meeting of the Board and supply facts pertinent thereto.
He shall keep the Board informed as to the conduct of township affairs, submit periodic reports on the condition of the township finances and such other reports as the Board requests, and make such recommendations to the Board as he deems advisable.
He shall submit to the Board, as soon as possible after the close of the fiscal year, a complete report on the finances and the administrative activities of the township for the preceding year.
He shall see that the provisions of all franchises, leases, permits and privileges granted by the township are observed.
He may employ, by and with the approval of Board, experts and consultants to perform work and to advise in connection with any of the functions of the township.
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 Board, governing the procurement of all municipal supplies and equipment.
All complaints regarding township services shall be referred to the office of the Manager. He, or an officer designated by him, shall investigate and dispose of such complaints, and the Manager shall report thereon to the Board.
Neither the Board, its members, nor its committees shall dictate or attempt to dictate the hiring of any person to, or his discharge from, municipal employment by the Manager, or in any manner take part in the hiring, suspending or discharging of employees in the administrative service of the township, except as required by the civil service provisions of the First-Class Township Code. Other than for the purposes of inquiry, the Board, or any of its members or any of the Board's committees or its members, shall deal with the administrative service solely through the Township Manager, and neither the Board nor any of its members, nor any of the Board's committees or 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 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.