[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Upper Uwchlan 10-3-1988 by Ord. No. 88-02. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Pensions — See Ch. 29.
The office of Township Manager is hereby created by the Board of Supervisors.
The Manager shall be appointed for an indefinite term by a majority of all members of the Board of Supervisors. The Manager shall serve at the pleasure of the Board of Supervisors, and he may be removed at any time by a majority vote of all its members. At least 30 days before such removal is to become effective, the Board of Supervisors shall furnish the Manager with a written statement setting forth its intention to remove him.
The Manager shall be chosen solely on the basis of executive and administrative abilities, with special reference to the duties of the office as herein outlined. The Manager need not be a resident of Upper Uwchlan Township or of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at the time of appointment, but during the tenure of office he may reside outside Upper Uwchlan Township only with the approval of the Board of Supervisors. If the Board of Supervisors fails within a reasonable time, not to exceed 60 days after the appointment, to approve the Manager's residence outside Upper Uwchlan Township, he must immediately become, and during his tenure remain, a resident of Upper Uwchlan Township.
Before entering his duties, the Manager shall give a bond, in the sum of no less than $50,000, which may be increased from time to time by the Board of Supervisors, said bond to be in favor of Upper Uwchlan Township with a bonding company as surety, satisfactory to the Board of Supervisors, conditioned upon the faithful performance of his duties, the premium for said bond to be paid by Upper Uwchlan Township.
The salary of the Township Manager shall be fixed from time to time by the Board of Supervisors.
The Manager shall be the chief administrative officer of Upper Uwchlan Township and shall be responsible to the Board of Supervisors as a whole for the proper and efficient administration of the affairs of Upper Uwchlan Township placed in his charge. The powers and duties for administration of all Township business shall be vested in the Manager, unless expressly imposed or conferred by statute or ordinance upon other Township officers.
Subject to recall by ordinance of Upper Uwchlan Township, the powers and duties of the Township Manager shall include the following:
Supervise and be responsible for the activities of all municipal departments.
Hire and, when necessary for the good of Upper Uwchlan Township, suspend or discharge any employee under his supervision, provided that persons covered by the civil service provisions of the Township 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 the Board of Supervisors, any action taken by authority of this subsection.
Fix wages and salaries of all personnel under his supervision, within a range previously determined by the Board of Supervisors.
Prepare and submit to the Board of Supervisors a budget for the next fiscal year and an explanatory budget message, in such a timely fashion as will enable the Board of Supervisors to consider and adopt the budget and related tax ordinances according to the requirements of law. In preparing the budget, the Manager, or an officer designated by him, shall obtain from the head of each department, agency or board, or any qualified officer thereof, estimates of revenues and expenditures and such other supporting data as is required. The Manager shall review such estimates and may revise them before submitting the budget to the Board of Supervisors.
Be responsible for the administration of the budget after its adoption by the Board of Supervisors.
Develop, in conjunction with the preparation of the budget, long-range fiscal plans for Upper Uwchlan Township, such plans to be presented annually to the Board of Supervisors for its review and adoption.
Hold such other Township offices and head such Township departments as the Board of Supervisors may from time to time direct.
Attend all meetings of the Board of Supervisors and its committees with the right to take part in the discussions. The Manager shall receive notice of all special meetings of the Board of Supervisors and its committees.
Prepare the agenda for each meeting of the Board of Supervisors and supply facts pertinent thereto.
Keep the Board of Supervisors informed as to the conduct of Township affairs; submit periodic reports on the condition of the Township finances and such other reports as the Board of Supervisors requests; and make such recommendations to the Board of Supervisors as deemed advisable.
Submit to the Board of Supervisors, as soon as possible after the close of the fiscal year, a complete report on the finances and administrative activities of Upper Uwchlan Township for the preceding year.
See that the provisions of all franchises, leases, permits, and privileges granted by the Board of Supervisors are observed.
Employ, by and with the approval of the Board of Supervisors, experts and consultants to perform work and to advise.
Attend to the letting of contracts in due form of law. The Manager shall supervise the performance and faithful execution of the same except insofar as such duties are expressly imposed by statute upon some other Township officer.
Be responsible for all accounts payable and receivable.
Serve as Purchasing Officer of Upper Uwchlan Township and purchase, in accordance with the provisions of the Township Code, all supplies and equipment for the agencies, boards, departments, and other offices of Upper Uwchlan Township. The Manager shall keep an account of all purchases and shall, from time to time or when directed by the Board of Supervisors, make a full written report thereof. He shall also issue rules and regulations, subject to the approval of the Board of Supervisors, governing the procurement of all municipal supplies and equipment.
Investigate and dispose of, or designate an officer to investigate and dispose of, all complaints regarding Township services and personnel, and to report to the council thereon. All complaints regarding Township services shall be referred to the office of the Manager.
Enforce the ordinances and regulations of Upper Uwchlan Township.
The Board of Supervisors, its members, and its committees shall not dictate or influence the hiring of any person to, or his discharge from, municipal employment by the Manager, or in any manner take part in this hiring, suspending or discharging of employees in the administrative service of Upper Uwchlan Township except as required by the civil service provisions of the Township Code or the provisions of the Local Agency Act. Other than for the purposes of inquiry the Board of Supervisors or any of its members or any of the Township committees or its members shall deal with the administrative service solely through the Manager, and the Board of Supervisors or any of its members, the Township committees or its members shall not give orders, publicly or privately, to any subordinate of the Manager.
Editor's Note: See 2 Pa.C.S.A. § 105.
If the Manager becomes ill or needs to be absent from Upper Uwchlan Township, he shall designate one qualified member of his staff to perform the duties of the Manager during his 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 of Supervisors.