Borough of Schwenksville, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Schwenksville 1-29-1990 by Ord. No. 235. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The office of Borough Manager is hereby created by the Borough of Schwenksville.
The Manager shall be appointed for an indefinite term by a majority of all members of Council. The Manager shall serve at the pleasure of Council, and he/she may be removed at any time by a majority vote of all its members.
The Manager shall be chosen solely on the basis of his/her executive and administrative abilities, with special reference to the duties of his/her office as herein outlined. The Manager need not be a resident of the Borough of Schwenksville or of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at the time of his/her appointment, but during the tenure of his/her office he/she may reside outside the Borough only with the approval of Council.
Before entering upon his/her duties, the Manager shall give a bond to the Borough with a bonding company as surety to be approved by the Borough Council, in a sum as set from time to time by the Borough Council, conditioned upon the faithful performance of his/her duties, the premium for said bond to be paid by the Borough.
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
The salary of the Borough Manager shall be fixed from time to time by resolution of the Borough Council.
The Manager shall be the Chief Administrative Officer of the Borough, and he/she shall be responsible to the Council as a whole for the proper and efficient administration of the affairs of the Borough. The powers and duties of the administration of all Borough business shall be vested in the Manager, unless expressly imposed or conferred by statute upon other Borough offices.
Subject to recall by ordinance of Council, the powers and duties of the Borough Manager shall include the following:
He/she shall supervise and be responsible for the activities of all municipal departments.
He/she shall recommend persons to be hired and, when necessary for the good of the service, shall suspend or discharge any employee under his supervision, provided that persons covered by the Civil Service Provisions of the Borough Code shall be hired, suspended or discharged in accordance with such provisions, and provided, further, that the Manager shall report, at the next meeting thereafter of Council, any action taken by authority of this subsection.
He/she shall attend all meetings of the Borough Council and its committees with the right to take part in the discussions, and he/she shall receive notice of all special meetings of the Borough Council and its committees.
All complaints regarding Borough services shall be referred to the Office of the Manager. He/she, or an officer designated by him/her, shall investigate and dispose of such complaints, and the Manager shall report thereon to the Borough Council.
He/she shall administer the enforcement of all laws and ordinances of the Borough.
He/she shall prepare and submit to the Finance Committee of the Borough Council, before the close of the fiscal year, in sufficient time to allow for its study and adoption within the time directed by the Borough Code, a preliminary budget for the next fiscal year. In preparing the preliminary budget, the Manager shall obtain from the head of each department, agency, board or office, estimates of revenues and expenditures and such other supporting data as he/she may require. The Manager shall review such estimates and may revise them before submitting the preliminary budget to the Council.
He/she shall administer the budget after its adoption by the Borough Council.
He/she shall submit to the Borough Council an annual report of the Borough financial and administrative activities for the preceding year as soon as possible after the close of the fiscal year, together with such other special reports that may be necessary.
He/she shall conduct the general affairs of the Borough, including purchasing, collection of monies, administration and enforcement of contracts, leases, franchises, subject to the provisions of applicable laws and ordinances and resolutions of the Borough Council.
He/she shall have the power to fix wages and salaries of all persons under his/her supervision, within a range previously determined by the Council.
He/she shall develop long-range fiscal plans for the Borough, such plans to be presented annually to the Council for its review and adoption.
He/she shall hold such other municipal offices and head such municipal departments as the Council may from time to time direct.
He/she shall prepare the agenda for each meeting of Council and supply facts pertinent thereto.
He/she 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 requests; and make such recommendations to the Council as he/she deems advisable.
The Mayor is hereby authorized to delegate to the Borough Manager, subject to revocation by written notification at any time, any of his nonlegislative and nonjudicial powers and duties.
If the Manager becomes ill or needs to be absent from the Borough, he shall designate one qualified member of his/her staff to perform the duties of the 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 Council.