[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Upper Southampton 1-21-1986 as Ch. 1, Part 3, of the 1986 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The office of Township Manager is hereby created by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Upper Southampton, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
As soon as practicable after the enactment of this chapter, the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Upper Southampton shall elect, by a majority vote of all of its members, one person to fill the office of Township Manager who shall serve for a specific term to be established at the time of said election and until a successor is elected and qualified; provided, however, that the Township Manager shall be subject to removal at any time by a majority vote of all the members of the Board of Supervisors.
The Manager shall be chosen on the basis of executive and administrative abilities, education, experience and knowledge with respect to accepted practices of the duties of the office as herein outlined.
Before entering upon the duties of Township Manager, a bond shall be given to the township with a bonding company as surety, to be approved by the Board of Supervisors, in a sum as set from time to time by resolution of the Board of Supervisors, conditioned for the faithful performance of the duties of Township Manager, premium for the said bond to be paid by the Township of Upper Southampton.
The salary of the Township Manager shall be fixed from time to time by resolution of the Board of Supervisors.
The Township Manager shall be the Chief Administrative Officer of the township and shall be responsible to the Board of Supervisors of Upper Southampton Township as a whole for the proper and efficient administration of the affairs of the Township of Upper Southampton. The powers and duties shall relate to the general management of all township business not expressly by statute, ordinance or resolution imposed or conferred upon other township officers.
Subject to recall by ordinance, the powers and duties of the Township Manager shall include the following:
The supervision of and responsibility for the activities of all municipal departments, except such departments the supervision of which shall not have been delegated to the Manager by the Board of Supervisors.
Subject to approval of the Board of Supervisors, the hiring and, when necessary in the best interests of the township, the suspension or discharge of any employee under the supervision of the Township Manager; provided, however, that the Manager shall report, in writing, to the Board of Supervisors, any action contemplated by authority of this subsection.
The preparation and submission to the Board of Supervisors before the close of the fiscal year, or on such alternate date as the Board of Supervisors shall determine, a budget for the next fiscal year and an explanatory budget message. In preparing the budget the Manager shall obtain from the head of each department, agency, board or officer estimates of revenues and expenditures and other supporting data; the Manager shall review such estimates and may revise them before submitting the budget to the Board of Supervisors.
The Township Manager, in addition to the foregoing, shall undertake and perform the following responsibilities:
Administration of the budget after its adoption by the Board of Supervisors.
Administration of any other municipal office or department as the Board of Supervisors may from time to time direct.
Preparation of the agenda for each meeting and supplying facts pertinent thereto.
Keeping the Board of Supervisors informed as to the conduct of township affairs; submitting periodic reports on the condition of the township's finances and such other reports as the Board of Supervisors requests; and making recommendations in writing to the Board of Supervisors deemed advisable in the best interests of the township.
Submission to the Board of Supervisors, as soon as possible after the close of the fiscal year, of a complete report on the financial and administrative activities of the Township of Upper Southampton for the preceding year.
Seeing that the provisions of all franchises, leases, permits, and privileges granted by the Township of Upper Southampton are observed.
Attending to the letting of contracts in due form of law, and supervision of the performance and faithful execution of the same except insofar as such duties are expressly imposed upon other township officers by statute.
Collecting promptly all moneys owed to the township and seeing to the security and collection of all township claims.
The Township Manager shall attend all meetings (regular, special and executive) of the Board of Supervisors and of its committees.
The Township Manager 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 Board which are within the duties of the Township Manager.
The Township Manager shall be the purchasing officer of the Township of Upper Southampton and shall purchase, in accordance with the provisions of the Second Class Township Code, all supplies and equipment for the various agencies, boards, departments and other officers of the Township of Upper Southampton; 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; and shall issue rules and regulations, subject to the approval of the Board of Supervisors, governing the requisition and purchasing of all municipal supplies and equipment.
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 65101 et seq.
All complaints regarding services or personnel of the Township of Upper Southampton shall be referred to the office of the Township Manager, who shall investigate and dispose of such complaints and make a written report thereon to the Board of Supervisors.
If the Manager becomes ill or needs to be absent from the township, the Board of Supervisors shall designate one qualified member of the township staff who shall perform the duties of the Manager during such absence or disability.