[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of White as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Township Manager
[Adopted 7-26-1983 by Ord. No. 884]
The Office of Township Manager is hereby created by the Township of White.
The Manager shall be appointed for an indefinite term by a majority of all members of the Board of Supervisors. The Manager shall serve at the pleasure of the Board of Supervisors, 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 of Supervisors shall furnish the Manager with a written statement setting forth its intention to remove him, or in lieu thereof, the Board of Supervisors may remove him immediately, upon tendering to the Manager the pay due him up to and including 30 days after the effective date of the removal.
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 the Township or of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at the time of his appointment, but during the tenure of his office he may reside outside the Township only with the approval of the Board of Supervisors. If the Board of Supervisors fails within a reasonable time, not to exceed 60 days after the appointment, to approve the Manager's residence outside the Township, he must immediately become, and during his tenure remain, a resident of the Township.
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 of Supervisors, in the sum of $5,000, 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 by resolution of the Board of Supervisors and may be changed by resolution from time to time at the discretion of the Board of Supervisors.
The Manager shall be the chief administrative officer of the Township and he 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 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 Township Manager shall include the following:
He shall supervise and be responsible for the activities of all Township departments.
He shall hire and, when necessary for the good of the service, shall suspend or discharge any employee under his supervision, provided that:
Prior approval of the Board of Supervisors shall be obtained before enlarging staff either by the creation of a new position or increasing the number of employees in the then present categories.
The Manager shall notify, at once and in writing, each of the Supervisors of any action taken by authority of this subsection.
The Manager shall report, at the next meeting thereafter of the Board of Supervisors, any action taken by the authority of this subsection.
He shall prepare and submit to the Board of Supervisors, before the close of each fiscal year, a recommended budget for the next fiscal year and an explanatory message.
He shall be responsible for the administration of the budget after its adoption by the Board of Supervisors.
He shall attend all meetings of the Board of Supervisors and its committees with the right to take part in the discussions, and he shall receive notice of all special meetings of the Board of Supervisors and its committees.
He shall prepare the agenda for each meeting of the Board of Supervisors and supply facts pertinent thereto.
He shall keep the Board of Supervisors 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 of Supervisors request; and make such recommendations to the Board of Supervisors as he deems advisable.
He shall submit to the Board of Supervisors, as soon as possible after the close of the fiscal year, a complete report on the finances and the 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 the Board of Supervisors, 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 in so far 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 Second Class Township Code, all supplies and equipment for the agencies, boards, departments, and other offices of the Township, provided that all capital expenditures shall be subject to prior approval of the Board of Supervisors. He shall keep an account of all purchases and shall, from time to time or when directed by the Board of Supervisors, make a full written report thereof. He shall also issue rules and regulations, subject to the approval of the Board of Supervisors, 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 of Supervisors.
He shall make research and investigation into the administrative and governmental functions of various townships and make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors of appropriate ordinances affecting the health, safety, welfare, and administration of this Township. He shall establish and maintain appropriate filing systems and efficient administrative procedures for the conduct of the business of the Township.
Other than for the purposes of inquiry, the Board of Supervisors or any of its members or any of the Board of Supervisor's committees or its members shall deal with the administrative service solely through the Township Manager, and neither the Board of Supervisors nor any of its members, nor any of the Board of Supervisor's committees or its members, shall give orders, publicly or privately, to any subordinate of the Manager.
During any absence of the Manager, the normal operating functions of the Township shall be delegated to the appropriate department heads in accordance with such table of organization as established by the Board of Supervisors and in force at the time of the disability or absence of the Manager. Duties of the Manager not so specifically delegated shall be performed by the Board of Supervisors.