Appointment. A majority of the members of the City Council with the advice and consent of the Mayor shall appoint a City Administrator for an indefinite term and shall fix the conditions of his or her employment.
Qualifications. The City Administrator shall be appointed solely on the basis of his or her executive and administrative qualifications. The Administrator need not be a resident of the City or State at the time of his or her appointment, but must reside inside the City within six months of appointment unless an extension is granted by the Council.
Review. A review of the City Administrator's performance shall occur on a yearly basis and shall be held in closed executive session by the Council and presided over by the Mayor. A record of the proceedings shall be held as a confidential record in the personnel file of the Administrator.
Compensation. The Council shall establish the compensation of the City Administrator by ordinance. In addition to compensation, the Administrator shall receive actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of duties as City Administrator, provided that such expenses are supported by the appropriate documentation.
The Council may remove the Administrator from office in accordance with the following procedures:
The Council shall adopt by affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the City Council a preliminary resolution that must state the reasons for removal and may suspend the Administrator from duty for a period not to exceed forty-five (45) days. A copy of the resolution shall be delivered promptly to the Administrator.
Within five (5) days after a copy of the resolution is delivered to the Administrator, he or she may file with the Council a written request for a hearing. This hearing shall be held at a Council meeting not earlier than fifteen (15) days nor later than thirty (30) days after the request is filed. The Administrator may file with the Council a written reply not later than five (5) days before the hearing.
The Council may adopt a final resolution of removal, which may be made effective immediately, by affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the City Council, subject to veto and override procedures, at any time after five (5) days from the date when a copy of the preliminary resolution was delivered to the Administrator, if he or she has not requested a hearing, or at any time after the hearing if he or she has requested one. The Administrator shall continue to receive his or her salary until the effective date of a final resolution of removal.
Upon suspension or removal of the City Administrator, the Mayor shall with the advice and consent of a majority of the members of the City Council appoint within three (3) days an interim City Administrator. The interim appointee shall not hire or fire any City employee without consent of a majority of the members of the City Council, but shall maintain all other powers of City Administrator.
By letter filed with the City Clerk, the City Administrator shall designate a qualified City Administrative Officer to exercise the powers and perform the duties of Administrator during the Administrator's temporary absence or disability. During such absence or disability, the Council may revoke such designation at any time and appoint another officer of the City to serve until the Administrator shall return or his or her disability shall cease.
The City Administrator shall be the chief administrative officer of the City. He or she shall be responsible to the Council for the administration of all City affairs placed in his or her charge. The City Administrator shall have the following powers and duties:
Supervision by the Administrator. The City Administrator shall be responsible for the direction and supervision of the following administrative officers/employees: 1) directors of all departments, 2) all secretarial and administrative support staff, and 3) any other personnel or officer assigned to the City Administrator's supervision by the Council.
Appointment and Removal of City Employees and Administrative Officers. The City Administrator shall appoint and, when he or she deems it necessary for the good of the City, suspend or remove all administrative officers/employees who are subject to the direction and supervision of the City Administrator. The City Administrator may, only with approval of a majority of the members of the City Council, appoint or remove directors of departments. The City Administrator may authorize any administrative officer who is subject to his or her direction and supervision to exercise these powers with respect to subordinates in that officer's department, office or agency. All appointments and promotions of City administrative officers and employees shall be on the basis of merit and fitness demonstrated by examination or other evidence of competence.
Administration of Departments. The City Administrator shall direct and supervise the administration of all departments, offices, and agencies of the City, except as otherwise provided by this Charter or by ordinance.
Attendance at Council Meetings. The City Administrator shall attend all Council meetings and shall have the right to take part in discussion, but may not vote. The City Administrator shall receive notice of all special meetings.
Enforcement of Laws. The City Administrator shall see that all laws, provisions of this Charter, and acts of the Council, subject to enforcement by him or her or by officers subject to his or her direction and supervision, are faithfully executed.
Budget and Capital Program. The City Administrator shall prepare and submit the annual budget and capital improvement program to the Mayor and Council.
Finance and Administrative Report. The City Administrator shall submit to the Council and make available to the public a complete report on the finances and administrative activities of the City at the end of each fiscal year. The City Administrator shall keep the Council fully advised as to the financial condition of the City and provide recommendations concerning future needs as he or she may deem necessary.
Other Reports. The City Administrator shall make such other reports as the Council may require concerning the operations of City departments, offices and agencies subject to his or her direction and supervision.
Execution of Contracts. The City Administrator shall have the authority to enter into, execute and rescind contracts on behalf of the City as may be authorized by ordinance.
Advisement of Mayor. The City Administrator shall keep the Mayor advised of all significant matters concerning the City and respond in a timely manner to inquiries from the Mayor. The City Administrator may seek the advice of the Mayor in interpretation of City policies and, if requested, shall assist the Mayor in his or her duty to interpret such policies.
Other Duties. The City Administrator shall perform such other duties as are specified in this Charter or required by the Council.