The council shall appoint a city manager for an indefinite term and shall fix his compensation and conditions of employment. The manager shall be appointed solely on the basis of executive and administrative qualifications. He need not be a resident of the city or state at the time of his appointment. He must reside inside the city within six (6) months of appointment, unless an extension is granted by the council.
By letter filed with the city clerk the manager shall designate, subject to approval of the council, a qualified city administrative officer to exercise the powers and perform the duties of manager during his temporary absence or disability. If the city manager should fail to do so, the council shall make such designation. 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 manager shall return or his disability shall cease.
The city manager shall be the chief administrative officer of the city. He shall be responsible to the council for the administration of all city affairs placed in his charge by or under this charter. He shall have the following powers and duties:
Appoint and, when he deems it necessary for the good of the service, suspend or remove all city employees and appointive administrative officers provided for by or under this charter, except as otherwise provided by law, this charter, or personnel rules adopted pursuant to this charter. He may authorize any administrative officer who is subject to his direction and supervision to exercise these powers with respect to subordinates in that officer's department, office, or agency.
Direct and supervise the administration of all departments, offices, and agencies of the city, except as otherwise provided by this charter or by law.
Attend all council meetings and shall have the right to take part in discussion but may not vote. He shall receive notice of all special meetings.
See that all laws, provisions of this charter, and acts of the council, subject to enforcement by him or by officers subject to his direction and supervision, are faithfully executed.
Each year prepare and submit a budget and a five (5) year capital program to the council.
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.
Make such other reports as the council may require concerning the operations of city departments, offices, and agencies subject to his direction and supervision.
Keep the council fully advised as to the financial condition and future needs of the city and make such recommendations to the council concerning the affairs of the city as he deems desirable.
Perform such other duties as are specified in this charter or may be required by the council.
Nothing in this article is intended to prevent the City from entering into an employment contract with its city manager that provides additional or specified employment terms or benefits that differ from those provided other employees of the City. A provision providing for reasonable severance pay in such a contract would not be an abrogation of council's power to remove.