Township of Wilkins, PA
Allegheny County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Wilkins as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Ordinance Enforcement Officer — See Ch. 28.
Personnel — See Ch. 33.
Retirement — See Ch. 45.
[Adopted 5-4-1964 by Ord. No. 329]

§ 20-1 Office created.

The office of Township Manager is hereby created by the Township of Wilkins.

§ 20-2 Appointment; removal.

[Amended 11-25-1991 by Ord. No. 818]
The Manager shall be appointed for an indefinite term by a majority of all members of the Board of Commissioners. The Manager shall serve at the pleasure of the Board of Commissioners, and he/she 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 Commissioners shall furnish the Manager with a written statement setting forth its intention to remove him/her and the reasons therefor. The Manager shall give the Board of Commissioners at least 30 days' notice of his intention to resign. The Board of Commissioners may enter into employment contracts concerning the position of Township Manager for a definite term in accordance with applicable law.

§ 20-3 Qualifications.

The Manager shall be chosen solely on the basis of his executive and administrative abilities, with special reference to the duties of his office as herein outlined. The Manager need not be a resident of the Township of Wilkins or of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at the time of his appointment, but during the tenure of his office he/she may reside outside the Township of Wilkins only with the approval of the Board of Commissioners. If the Board of Commissioners fails within a reasonable time, not to exceed 60 days after the appointment, to approve the Manager's residence outside the Township of Wilkins, he/she must immediately become and during his tenure remain a resident of the Township of Wilkins.

§ 20-4 Bond.

[Amended 11-25-1991 by Ord. No. 818]
The Manager shall give a bond to the Township of Wilkins with a bonding company as surety in an amount to be approved by the Board of Commissioners, conditioned upon the faithful performance of his duties, the premium for said bond to be paid by the Township of Wilkins.

§ 20-5 Compensation. [1]

The salary of the Township Manager shall be fixed from time to time by ordinance.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I.

§ 20-6 Powers and duties.

A. 
Subsequent to his appointment and after assuming office, the Manager shall be the chief administrative officer of the Township of Wilkins. He/she shall be responsible to the Board of Commissioners as a whole for the proper and efficient administration of the affairs of the Township of Wilkins. The powers and duties of administration of all township business shall be vested in the Manager, unless expressly imposed or conferred by statute upon other township officers.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I.
B. 
Subject to recall by ordinance of the Board of Commissioners, the powers and duties of the Township Manager shall include the following:
(1) 
He/she shall be Ordinance Enforcement Officer as provided in Chapter 28, Ordinance Enforcement Officer, and Zoning Officer under any zoning ordinance enacted from time to time.
[Amended 11-25-1991 by Ord. No. 818]
(2) 
He/she shall supervise and be responsible for the activities of all municipal departments.
(3) 
He/she shall hire and, when necessary for the good of the service, shall suspend any employee under his supervision, provided that persons covered by Chapter 33, Personnel, and the civil service provision 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 Commissioners, any action taken by authority of this subsection.
(4) 
He/she shall have the power to fix wages and salaries of all personnel under his supervision within a range previously determined by the Board of Commissioners or as mandated by collective bargaining agreements.
[Amended 11-25-1991 by Ord. No. 818]
(5) 
He/she shall prepare and submit to the Board, before the close of each fiscal year, an explanatory budget message. In preparing the budget, the Manager 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 he/she requires. The Manager shall review such estimates with the Finance Committee Chairman and may revise them before submitting the budget to the Board of Commissioners.
(6) 
He/she shall be responsible for the administration of the budget after its adoption by the Board of Commissioners.
(7) 
He/she shall, with the Finance Committee and in conjunction with the preparation of the yearly budget, develop long-range fiscal plans for the municipality, such plans to be presented annually to the Board of Commissioners for its review and adoption.
(8) 
He/she shall hold such other municipal offices and head such municipal departments as the Board of Commissioners may from time to time direct.
(9) 
He/she shall attend meetings of the Board and, upon request, its committees with the right to take part in the discussions, and he/she shall receive notice of all special meetings of the Board and its committees.
(10) 
He/she shall prepare the agenda for each meeting of the Board of Commissioners and supply facts pertinent thereto.
(11) 
He/she shall keep the Board 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 requests and make such recommendations to the Board as he/she deems advisable.
(12) 
He/she shall submit to the Board of Commissioners as soon as possible after the close of the fiscal year a complete report on the finances and the administrative activities of the township for the preceding year.
(13) 
He/she shall see that the provisions of all franchises, leases, permits and privileges granted by the township are observed.
(14) 
He/she may employ, by and with the approval of the Board, experts and consultants to perform work and to advise in connection with any of the functions of the township.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I.
(15) 
He/she shall attend to the letting of contracts in due form of law, and he/she 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.
(16) 
He/she shall see that all money owed the township is promptly paid and that proper proceedings are taken for the security and collection of all the township's claims.
(17) 
He/she shall be the Purchasing Officer of the township, and he/she shall purchase in accordance with the provisions of the Township Code all supplies and equipment for the agencies, boards, departments and other offices of the township. He/she shall keep an account of all purchases and shall, from time to time or when directed by the Board, make a full written report thereof. He/she shall also issue rules and regulations, subject to the approval of the Board, governing the procurement of all municipal supplies and equipment.
(18) 
All complaints regarding township services shall be referred to the office of the Manager. He/she or any department head designated by him/her shall investigate and dispose of such complaints, and the Manager shall report thereon to the Board of Commissioners.
(19) 
He/she shall be the chief administrative officer of Act No. 205 (pensions).[3]
[3]
Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Also, see 53 P.S. § 895.101 et seq.

§ 20-7 Procedural limitations on the Board of Commissioners.

Neither the Board, its members, nor its committees shall dictate or influence or attempt to 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 the hiring, suspending or discharging of employees in the administrative service of the township except as required by the civil service provisions of the First Class Township Code. Other than for the purposes of inquiry, the Board of Commissioners or any of its members or any of the Board's committees or its members shall deal with the administrative service solely through the Township Manager, and neither the Board nor any of its members, nor any of the Board's committees nor its members shall give orders, publicly or privately, to any subordinate of the Manager.

§ 20-8 (Reserved) [1]

[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 20-8, Disability or absence of Manager, was repealed 4-10-2000 by Ord. No. 929. For current provisions, see § 20-15.
[Adopted 4-10-2000 by Ord. No. 929]

§ 20-9 Office created.

The Office of Assistant Township Manager is hereby created by the Township of Wilkins.

§ 20-10 Appointment; removal.

The Board of Commissioners may appoint and remove an Assistant Manager in the manner provided for appointment and removal of the Township Manager.

§ 20-11 Qualifications.

The qualifications of the Assistant Manager shall be the same as those for the Township Manager.

§ 20-12 Compensation.

The bond and compensation of the Assistant Manager shall be as provided for the Township Manager.

§ 20-13 Powers and duties.

The powers and duties of the Assistant Manager shall be the same as those provided for the Township Manager.

§ 20-14 Procedural limitations.

The procedural limitations on the Board of Commissioners shall apply to the office of Assistant Manager.

§ 20-15 Absence of Manager.

When there is a vacancy in the office of Township Manager or during the absence of the Township Manager, the Assistant Manager shall act for the Township Manager.