[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of Upper Moreland Township 3-5-1974 by Ord. No. 798 (Title 2, Ch. 4, of the 1977 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The office of Township Manager is hereby created by the Board of Commissioners, subject to the right to abolish said office at any time by ordinance.
The Manager shall be appointed by a majority of all the members of the Board of Commissioners to serve until the first Monday of January of the even-numbered years succeeding his appointment or until his successor is elected and qualifies for office. The said office shall be filled biennially thereafter. In the event of a vacancy, the Board of Commissioners shall elect a replacement by majority vote of all of its members for the unexpired term.
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 Upper Moreland 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 $50,000, conditioned for the faithful performance of his duties. The premium shall be paid by the Township. The bond of the Township Manager may be included in and covered by a comprehensive bond now or hereafter in force or effect for all Township employees of $5,000.
The salary of the Township Manager shall be fixed from time to time by ordinance.
[Amended 12-6-2004 by Ord. No. 1500]
The Manager shall be the chief administrative officer of the Township, and he shall be responsible to the Board of Commissioners as a whole for the proper and efficient administration of the affairs of the Township. His powers and duties shall relate to the general management of all Township business not expressly imposed or conferred upon other Township officials by statute. Subject to recall by resolution of the Board and upon his selection and assumption of office, 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 and all Township employees.
He shall hire and, when necessary for the good of the service, shall suspend or discharge any employee under his supervision; provided further that, with respect to other Township employees, the hiring and firing thereof shall be subject to the controls set forth in the Personnel Manual promulgated from time to time by the Commissioners. The Manager shall report at each meeting of the Board of Commissioners any action taken by the authority of this subsection.
He shall prepare and submit to the Board before the close of the fiscal year a recommended budget for the next fiscal year and an explanatory budget when necessary. Such budget shall be submitted in sufficient time to allow for its study and adoption within the time directed by the First Class Township Code. In preparing the recommended budget, the Township Manager, or an officer designated by him, shall obtain from the head of each department, agency, board or office estimates of revenues and expenditures and such other supporting data as he may require. The Township Manager shall review such estimates and may revise them before submitting the recommended budget to the Board.
He shall be responsible for the administration of the budget after its adoption by the Board.
He shall hold such other municipal offices or head one or more of the municipal departments as the Board may from time to time direct.
He shall attend all meetings of the Board and the meetings of its committees when directed to do so by the Board, with the right to take part in the discussion, and he shall receive notice of all special meetings of the Board or 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 necessary.
He shall submit to the Board, as soon as possible after the close of the fiscal year, a complete report on the financial and 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 the Board, experts or 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 same except insofar as such duties are expressly imposed upon some other Township officers by statute.
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 various agencies, boards, departments and other officers of the Township. He shall keep an account of all purchases and shall, from time to time when directed by the Board, make a full written report thereof. He shall also issue rules and regulations, subject to the approval of the Board, governing the requisition and purchasing of all municipal supplies and equipment. These duties may also be delegated to any other officer of the Township upon the approval of the Board.
All complaints regarding services or personnel of the Township shall be referred to the office of the Township Manager. He, or an official designated by him, shall investigate and dispose of such complaints, and the Township Manager shall report thereon to the Board.
He shall make research and investigation into the administration and governmental functions of various Townships and make recommendations to the Board of appropriate ordinances affecting the health, safety, welfare and administration of this Township.
A Township Manager may serve as Secretary of the Township and, when so appointed, shall have all the powers and duties given to the office of the Township Secretary by statute and ordinance of this Township.
Neither the Board of Commissioners, its members, nor its committees shall dictate or influence or attempt to dictate or influence 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 with respect to personnel referred to in § 37-8, or as required by the civil service provisions of the First Class Township Code. Other than for the purposes of inquiry, the Board of Commissioners or any of its members or any of the Board of Commissioners' committees or their members shall deal with the administrative service solely through the Township Manager and neither the Board of Commissioners nor any of its members shall give orders, publicly or privately, to any subordinate of the Manager.
The Manager shall have no authority to fill the position of Township Secretary, Solicitor, Engineer, Controller, or any other position specifically reserved to the Commissioners under the First Class Township Code. Further, he shall not hire or fire any department head without approval of the Commissioners. The Manager shall refrain from any attempt to influence decisions of a legislative or quasi-judicial nature, such as zoning changes, consideration of subdivision or development plans, purchase of open space or park lands. He shall also refrain from actively engaging in federal, state, county or municipal politics.
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 of Commissioners.