Town of Canton, CT
Hartford County
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§ 7.01 Appointment.

A Chief Administrative Officer shall be hired by and report to the Board of Selectmen.

§ 7.02 General powers.

The Chief Administrative Officer shall be directly responsible to the Board of Selectmen and shall have responsibility for and authority over both the administration and personnel of all departments and agencies, except where otherwise provided by the General Statutes, Charter, or ordinance. The Chief Administrative Officer shall be an ex officio member of all appointed or elected agencies but without power to vote.

§ 7.03 Duties.

The duties of the Chief Administrative Officer, as described in this section, shall be performed in accordance with policies established by the Board of Selectmen.
A. 
Administration. The Chief Administrative Officer shall administer and coordinate the operations of the departments and agencies, whether appointed by the Board of Selectmen or elected, except those functions expressly reserved or delegated to such bodies by law.
B. 
Personnel. The Chief Administrative Officer shall appoint or hire and may remove or discharge all appointed employees and officials of the Town who receive compensation from the Town for their services, except as specified in § 10.01, and except employees of the Board of Education.
C. 
Execution of laws. The Chief Administrative Officer shall execute and carry out ordinances, resolutions, regulations and policies enacted or established by the Board of Selectmen or by a Town Meeting and implement any other action that may be authorized by an agency.
D. 
Town properties and public works operations. The Chief Administrative Officer shall be responsible for all properties owned by the Town and the public works operations, including:
(1) 
Highway and bridge work; and
(2) 
Administration, operation, maintenance or custodial work, and improvements for any public building and grounds, park, playground and land except those which, pursuant to agreement among the Board of Selectmen, Board of Finance and Board of Education, are under the jurisdiction and responsibility of the Board of Education.
E. 
Records and accounts. The Chief Administrative Officer shall supervise the maintenance and custody of all records and accounts except those of the Board of Education.
F. 
Contracts. The Chief Administrative Officer shall contract for any services or materials required by any department or agency. The Chief Administrative Officer shall not contract to expend any money or incur any liability in excess of the amount appropriated for a department or agency during any budget year without approval of the Board of Selectmen and Board of Finance.
G. 
Purchasing agent. The Chief Administrative Officer shall be the purchasing agent for all services, supplies, materials, equipment and other commodities required by any department or agency. The Chief Administrative Officer shall carry out bidding and purchasing policies established by the Board of Selectmen.
H. 
Reports to Board of Selectmen. The Chief Administrative Officer shall keep the Board of Selectmen fully advised as to the financial and general condition of the Town. The Chief Administrative Officer shall attend its meetings and may participate in its discussion but without a right to vote.
I. 
Annual report. The Chief Administrative Officer shall cause an Annual Report to be prepared and published as soon as is reasonable after the close of the fiscal year but in no event later than January 31 of the following year. If the annual Town audit has not been completed by that time, the Annual Report shall clearly indicate that fact. The Annual Report shall include a summation of actions taken by all agencies and departments since the date of the preceding Annual Report.

§ 7.04 Annual budget duties.

A. 
Preparation of budget. The Chief Administrative Officer shall prepare a preliminary annual budget request to include all estimated Town expenditures except the expenditures of the Board of Education. The head of each department and agency supported wholly or in part from Town funds, or for which a specific Town appropriation is made, shall file with the Chief Administrative Officer on forms provided by the Chief Administrative Officer a detailed estimate of the expenditures to be made by each department and agency and the estimated revenue, other than tax revenues, to be collected by each in the ensuing fiscal year. This preliminary annual budget request shall be forwarded to the Board of Selectmen on or before the second Monday in February for its review and adjustment.
B. 
Redistribution or transfer of funds. The Chief Administrative Officer may approve redistribution of unexpended balances not to exceed $5,000 in the aggregate in one fiscal year from one account to another within a single department or may transfer sums not to exceed $5,000 in the aggregate in one fiscal year from one department to another department. Redistribution or transfers over $5,000 shall require Board of Selectmen approval.

§ 7.05 Absence of Chief Administrative Officer.

In case of disability or temporary absence of the Chief Administrative Officer or vacancy in the office of the Chief Administrative Officer, the Board of Selectmen may designate an Acting Chief Administrative Officer, except the Chief Administrative Officer may designate an Acting Chief Administrative Officer for temporary absences not to exceed 15 days consistent with policies established by the Board of Selectmen.