Township of Westtown, PA
Chester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Westtown 9-3-1996 by Ord. No. 96-14. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The office of Township Manager (hereinafter "Manager") is hereby created for Westtown Township (hereinafter "Township").
[Amended 12-17-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-6]
The Manager shall be appointed for an indefinite term by a majority of all the members of the Board shall serve at the pleasure of the Board and shall be subject to removal by the Board by majority vote. At least 15 days before such removal, the Board shall furnish the Manager with a written statement setting forth its intention to remove the Manager. The Manager shall be entitled to a severance package containing the Manager's salary and the then in force health insurance benefit coverage. Such severance package shall accrue to the Manager at the rate of 15 days' salary and health insurance coverage for each year the Manager is employed by the Township, commencing at the end of the first full year's employment. The Manager shall be entitled to a maximum severance payment of 90 days' salary and health insurance benefit coverage, or until the Manager accepts an offer of full-time employment, whichever comes first. The Manager will not be entitled to the aforementioned severance package if the Manager is discharged for just cause.
The Manager shall be chosen solely on the basis of the person's executive and administrative abilities, with special reference of the duties of the office as contained herein. More particularly, the Manager shall have:
Extensive knowledge of the theories, concepts and practices of public administration;
Extensive knowledge of policies and proceedings as they apply to municipal finance and administration;
Extensive knowledge of managerial practices, supervisory methods and techniques;
The ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form;
The ability to develop and maintain close working relationships with associates and the general public;
The ability to control and direct the activities of a multidepartmental organization; and
The ability to recognize, analyze and investigate problems in a logical manner and to develop alternate solutions.
With respect to required education, training and experience, the Manager shall have:
A bachelor's or master's degree in public or business administration, or related fields, and experience in municipal government in the area of financial administration, planning, organizing and directing administrative services; or
Any equivalent combination of acceptable training experience in public or business administration.
The Manager need not be a resident of Westtown Township.
The Manager shall be the chief administrative officer of the Township and 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, and all duties hereby delegated shall be subject to recall at any time by ordinance of the Board. This delegation shall not include any legislative powers and duties or those expressly imposed or conferred by statute upon other Township officers.
Subject to recall by ordinance adopted by the Board at any time, the Manager shall:
Supervise and be responsible for the activities of all municipal departments;
Hold such other municipal offices or head one or more of the municipal departments as the Board may from time to time direct;
Attend all meetings of the Board and of Township commissions and committees, and receive notice of all special meetings of the Board, its commissions and committees;
Prepare the agenda for each meeting of the Board and supply facts pertinent thereto;
Keep the Board informed as to the conduct of Township affairs and make such other reports as the Board requests;
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;
Submit to the Board, as soon as possible after the close of the fiscal year, a complete report on the administrative activities of the Township for the preceding year;
See that the provisions of all franchises, leases, permits and privileges granted by the Township are observed;
Employ, by and with the approval of the Board, experts and consultants to perform work and to advise in connection with any of the functions of the Township;
Attend to the letting of contracts in the due form of law, supervise the performance and faithful execution of the same, except such duties that are expressly imposed upon some other Township officer;
Maintain control of all Township expenditures;
Prepare and submit to the Board, not less than 45 days before the close of each fiscal year, a budget for the next fiscal year and an explanatory budget message;
Administer the budget after its adoption by the Board;
Investigate and dispense with all complaints regarding service or personnel of the Township;
Recruit, hire, supervise, discipline and fire employees under his/her jurisdiction, all with the prior approval of the Board; and
Perform such other related duties as required or as may be designated by the Board.
The annual compensation of the Manager shall be set by resolution of the Board. At the beginning of each year, the amount of the compensation shall be set forth in the budget, or by a subsequent resolution of the Board in the event the Manager is hired after the adoption of the budget.
The Manager shall give a bond in the amount of $250,000, the premium for which shall be paid by the Township, conditioned upon the faithful performance of the Manager's duties.
The Manager's office shall not be incompatible with the office of the Township Secretary, the Township Treasurer, or any other Township office or employment except those of Supervisor and Solicitor.
The Board is empowered from time to time to establish reasonable rules and regulations with respect to the Manager.