Borough of Northampton, PA
Northampton County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Northampton 2-12-1954 by Ord. No. 535 (Ch. 1, Part 2A, of the 1993 Code of Ordinances). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Pension plans — See Ch. 43.
Salaries and compensation — See Ch. 56.
The Office of the Borough Manager is hereby created by the Borough of Northampton, subject to the right of the Borough, by ordinance, at any time to abolish such office.
[Amended 10-18-1957 by Ord. No. 570; 7-18-1974 by Ord. No. 850]
The Manager shall be appointed by a majority of all of the members of Council. While said office exists, the Council shall, from time to time, and whenever there is a vacancy, elect by vote of a majority of all the members, one person to fill said office, subject to removal by the Council at any time by a vote of the majority of all the members.
The Manager shall be chosen solely on the basis of his executive and administrative abilities, with special reference to his actual experience in, or his knowledge of, accepted practices in respect to the duties of the office as herein outlined. The Manager need not be a resident of the Borough, or of the state of Pennsylvania, at the time of his appointment; but as soon as possible thereafter, he shall become, and during his tenure as Manager shall remain, a resident of the Borough.
[Amended 7-18-1974 by Ord. No. 850]
Before entering upon his duties, the Borough Manager shall give bond to the Borough, with a bonding company as surety, in an amount to be determined by Council.
[Amended 7-18-1974 by Ord. No. 850]
The Borough Manager shall receive such compensation as shall be fixed from time to time by Borough Council.
[Amended 7-18-1974 by Ord. No. 850]
The Manager shall be the chief administrative officer of the Borough, and he shall be responsible to the Council as a whole for the proper and efficient administration of the affairs of the Borough. His powers and duties shall relate to the general management of all Borough business not expressly, by statute or ordinance, imposed or conferred upon other Borough officers. The Mayor is hereby authorized to delegate to the Borough Manager, subject to approval by Council, any of his nonlegislative powers and duties.
[Amended 5-6-1954 by Ord. No. 537; 1-19-1961 by Ord. No. 619; 6-28-1971 by Ord. No. 804; 7-18-1974 by Ord. No. 850; 3-7-1985 by Ord. No. 971]
Subject to recall by ordinance, the powers and duties of the Manager shall include the following:
A. 
He shall supervise and be responsible for the activities of all municipal departments, except such departments the supervision of which shall not have been delegated to the Manager by the Mayor or by Council, as the case may be.
B. 
He shall recommend to Council the hiring and, when he shall deem it necessary for the good of the service, the suspension or discharge of all employees under his supervision, and, as authorized by Council, shall hire, suspend or discharge such employees; provided, that persons covered by the Civil Service provisions of the Borough Code shall be hired, suspended or discharged in accordance with such provisions.
C. 
He shall prepare and submit to Council not later than the first day of December of each year a budget for the next fiscal year and an explanatory budget message. In preparing the budget, the Manager, or an officer designated by him, shall obtain from the head of each department, agency, board, or officer, estimates of revenues and expenditures and other supporting data as he requests. The Manager shall review such estimates and may revise them before submitting the budget to the Council.
D. 
He shall be responsible for the administration of the budget after its adoption by the Council.
E. 
He shall, under the direction of the Mayor, execute and enforce the laws of the commonwealth, and ordinances, resolutions and bylaws of the Borough.
F. 
He shall hold the offices of Borough Manager, Borough Secretary and Sewer Manager, and shall perform all the duties of all such officers, in addition to the specific duties assigned to the Manager by this chapter.
G. 
He shall attend all meetings of the Borough Council and of its committees, with the right to take part in the discussion, and he shall receive notice of all special meetings of Council and of its committees.
H. 
He shall prepare the agenda for each meeting of Council and supply facts pertinent thereto.
I. 
He shall keep the Council informed as to the conduct of Borough affairs; submit periodic reports on the condition of the Borough finances and such other reports as the Council shall request; and shall make such recommendations to the Council as he deems necessary.
J. 
He shall submit to Council, as soon as possible after the close of the fiscal year, a complete report on the financial and administrative activities of the Borough for the preceding year.
K. 
He shall see that the provisions of all franchises, leases, permits, and privileges granted by the Borough are observed.
L. 
He may employ, by and with the approval of Council, experts and consultants to perform work and to advise in connection with any of the functions of the Borough.
M. 
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 insofar as such duties are expressly imposed upon some other Borough officer by statute.
N. 
He shall see that all money owed the Borough is promptly paid and that proper proceedings are taken for the security and collection of all the Borough's claims.
O. 
He shall be the purchasing officer of the Borough and he shall purchase, in accordance with the provisions of the Borough Code, all supplies and equipment for the various agencies, boards, departments, and other offices of the Borough. He shall keep an account of all purchases and shall, from time to time or when directed by Council, make a full written report thereof. He shall also issue rules and regulations, subject to the approval of Council, governing the requisition and purchasing of all municipal supplies and equipment.
P. 
He shall cooperate with the Borough Council at all times and in all matters that the best interests of the Borough and of the general public may be maintained.
Q. 
All complaints regarding services or personnel of the Borough 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 Council.
In case of illness or absence of the Manager from the Borough, he shall delegate one qualified member of his staff who shall perform the duties of the Manager during his absence or disability. The person so designated shall not perform such duties for a period longer than two weeks without the approval of the Council.