[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Easttown 1-20-1969 by Ord. No. 88. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The office of Township Manager is hereby created by the Township of Easttown.
[Amended 9-7-1994 by Ord. No. 273-94; 6-2-2014 by Ord. No. 422-14]
The Manager shall be elected for an indefinite term by majority vote of the members of the Board. The Manager shall serve at the pleasure of the Board, and he/she may be removed at any time by a majority vote of all its members. An employment agreement, if desired, may be entered into with the Township in accordance with the Second Class Township Code.
[Added 9-7-1994 by Ord. No. 273-94]
The Manager shall be chosen on the basis of executive, administrative and financial abilities, with special reference to training and experience in municipal government. The Manager need not be a resident of the Township and may reside outside of the Township while in office with the approval of the Board.
[Amended 9-7-1994 by Ord. No. 273-94; 6-2-2014 by Ord. No. 422-14]
The salary of the Township Manager shall be fixed by the Supervisors at the time of his/her employment and may be adjusted from time to time in the same manner.
[Added 9-7-1994 by Ord. No. 273-94; amended 6-2-2014 by Ord. No. 422-14]
The Manager shall give a bond to the Township with sufficient surety to be approved by the Board, conditioned on the faithful performance of his/her duties, the premium for said bond to be paid by the Township.
[Amended 9-7-1994 by Ord. No. 273-94]
The Manager shall be the chief administrative officer of the Township and shall be responsible to the Board for the proper, efficient and economical administration of the affairs of the Township. The Manager shall conduct himself/herself at all times with fidelity and in a way that will reflect credit upon, and benefit to, the Township and its government as a whole. The powers and duties of the administration of Township business shall be vested in the Manager, unless expressly imposed or conferred by statute upon other Township officers.
The duties and powers of the Township Manager shall be as set forth in this chapter and any amendments hereto and shall include such of the nonlegislative duties and powers of the Board as shall herein be delegated to the Manager, subject to recall by the Board of any part or all of the duties and/or powers herein conferred. The Manager shall have general supervision of the business affairs of the Township and administration of Township business, which duties and powers shall include the following:
The Manager shall supervise and be responsible for all Township departments. The Manager shall assist the Chief of Police or ranking officer in the administration of that department, but shall not exercise operational control or supervision over the activities of the Police Department.
[Amended 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 424-14]
The Manager shall hire and, when deemed necessary, shall suspend or discharge any employee of the Township, other than a police officer; provided, however, such hiring or discharge of department heads or appointees shall require approval of the Board.
The Manager shall prepare and submit to the Board, not less than 45 days before the close of each fiscal year, a proposed budget for the next fiscal year. In preparing the proposed budget, the Manager, or any person designated by the Manager, shall obtain from the head of each department, agency, board or commission, or any qualified member thereof, estimates of revenues and expenditures for the next fiscal year and such other data as the Manager shall require. The Manager shall review such estimates and give them due consideration before submitting to the Board the proposed budget for the next fiscal years; however, the Manager shall not be bound by any such estimates.
The Manager shall be responsible for the administration of the budget after its adoption by the Board.
The Manager shall hold such other Township offices and head such departments as the Board may from time to time direct and are not deemed incompatible by law.
The Manager shall normally attend all meetings of the Board and shall have the right to take part in its discussions. The Manager shall receive notice of meetings of all other Township boards, agencies, or commissions and shall have the right to attend all such meetings personally or through a designee.
The Manager shall prepare an agenda for each meeting of the Board and shall supply such information to the Board as he/she deems pertinent thereto or as requested by the Board.
The Manager shall keep the Board informed as to the conduct of Township affairs; shall submit periodic reports on the condition of Township finances; shall submit such other reports as he/she deems advisable or as the Board shall request; and shall make such recommendations to the Board as he/she deems advisable.
The Manager shall submit to the Board, as soon as possible after the close of each fiscal year, a complete report on the finances of the Township for the preceding year.
The Manager shall oversee the administration of all Township ordinances as well as all such franchises, leases, permits and privileges as may from time to time be granted by the Township and such contracts as may be entered into by the Township and shall see that all the terms and conditions of all of the foregoing are observed.
The Manager shall recommend to the Board the employment of such experts and consultants as the Manager deems advisable to perform work and/or to offer advice in connection with any of the functions of the Township, and the Manager shall recommend to the Board compensation to be paid to any such expert or consultant so hired.
The Manager shall attend to the letting of contracts in form, substance and manner as provided by law, and the Manager shall supervise the performance and faithful execution of same, except insofar as such duties are expressly imposed by statute or ordinance upon some other Township officer or official.
The Manager shall see that all money owed the Township is promptly paid and that proper proceedings are taken for the security and collection of all claims of the Township.
The Manager shall be the purchasing officer of the Township and shall purchase in accordance with the provisions of the Second Class Township Code all supplies and equipment for the Township and for its departments and for such other agencies, boards and commissions as the Board may from time to time direct.
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 65101 et seq.
All complaints regarding Township services shall be referred to the Township Manager. The Manager or such other person as the Manager shall designate shall investigate and, insofar as possible, resolve such complaints, and the Manager shall report thereon to the Board.
The Manager shall thoroughly analyze all matters requiring Board action and shall fairly and objectively present to the Board all facts and other information pertinent to such action.
The Manager shall use his/her best efforts to maintain a high level of public relations for all elements of the Township government and shall prepare such periodic reports of Township activity and such other information as may be directed from time to time by the Board.
The Manager shall assume such other responsibilities and perform such other duties as the Board may from time to time direct and in conformity with all applicable statutes, ordinances and regulations.
[Added 9-7-1994 by Ord. No. 273-94; amended 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 424-14]
Should the Manager become ill or be absent from the Township, he/she shall designate the Assistant Township Manager, or in the absence of the Assistant Township Manager, one qualified member of the Township administrative staff to perform the duties of Manager during his/her 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.