[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of East Manchester 12-13-1988 by Ord. No. 12-13-88A (Ch. 23 of the 1988 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: This ordinance was repealed 2-19-1997 by Ord. No. 2-19-97 and subsequently reenacted 2-10-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-2.
Pursuant to the Act of May 20, 1949, P.L. 1562, § 5, 53 P.S. 65599.1, the office of Township Manager of East Manchester Township is hereby created.
Editor's Note: Said section was deleted 1995, Nov. 9, by P.L. 350, No. 60, See now 53 P.S. § 66301.
[Amended 2-10-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-2]
The office of Township Manager (hereafter "Manager") shall be appointed for an indefinite term by a majority of the members of the Board of Supervisors (hereafter "Supervisors"). The Manager shall serve at the pleasure of the Supervisors and he/she may be removed any time by a majority vote of all members. The Township Manager shall receive 30 days' written notice before such removal shall become effective, except that the Manager may be removed immediately for malfeasance relating to the affairs of the Township. "Malfeasance" is the commission of an act that is unlawful. It includes any wrongful conduct that affects, interrupts or interferes with the performance of official duties.
The Manager shall be chosen solely on the basis of his abilities and experience. The person hired as Manager shall, within one year after assuming the duties of Manager, become and remain a resident of the Township, unless waived by the Supervisors.
The Manager shall post bond with a corporate surety to the Township in an amount as shall be determined by the Supervisors, conditioned for the faithful performance of his duties. The premium for such bond shall be paid by the Township.
The salary of the Manager shall be fixed from time to time by the Supervisors, by resolution.
The Manager shall be chief administrative officer of the Township and he/she shall be responsible to the Supervisors as a whole for the proper and efficient administration of the affairs of the Township. His powers and duties shall relate to the general management of all Township business not expressly imposed or conferred by statute upon other Township officers. Subject to recall by ordinance, the powers and duties of the Manager shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
He/she shall supervise and be responsible for the activities of all municipal departments, except such departments the supervision of which shall not have been delegated to the Manager by the Supervisors.
He/she shall hire and, when necessary, shall suspend or discharge all employees under his supervision; provided, however, that the Manager shall inform the Supervisors prior to any hiring and disciplinary action.
He/she shall prepare and submit to the Supervisors at such time as to assure its timely adoption a budget for the next fiscal year and an explanatory budget message setting forth a summary of projected revenues and proposed expenditures, together with such supporting data as may be required to enable the Supervisors to decide upon and adopt the necessary taxation and appropriate legislation.
He/she shall, 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 Supervisors for their review and action.
He/she shall be responsible for the administration of the budget after its adoption by the Supervisors.
He/she shall establish and maintain appropriate filing systems and efficient administrative procedures for the conduct of the business of the Township.
He/she shall hold such other municipal offices or head one or more of the municipal departments as the Supervisors may from time to time direct.
He/she shall execute and enforce the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and such ordinances and resolutions of the Township as the Supervisors may prescribe.
He/she shall attend all meetings of the Supervisors and their committees with the right to take part in the discussion, and he/she shall receive notice of all special meetings of the Supervisors or their committees.
He/she shall prepare the agenda for each meeting of the Supervisors and supply facts pertinent thereto.
He/she shall keep the Supervisors informed as to the conduct of Township affairs, submit periodic reports on the condition of Township finances and such other reports as the Supervisors may request and make such recommendations to the Supervisors as he/she deems necessary.
He/she shall submit to the Supervisors, as soon as possible after the close of the fiscal year, a complete report of financial and administrative activities of the Township for the preceding year.
He/she shall see that the provisions of all franchises, leases, permits and privileges granted by the Township are observed and enforced.
He/she shall see that all money owed to the Township is properly paid and the proper proceedings are taken for the security and collection of all claims of the Township.
He/she may employ, by and with the approval of the Supervisors, experts and consultants to perform work and to advise in connection with any of the functions of the Township.
He/she shall attend the letting of contracts and due form of law, and he/she shall supervise the performance and faithful execution of the same, excepting insofar as such duties are expressly imposed upon some other Township officer by statute.
He/she shall be the purchasing officer of the Township and he/she shall purchase, in accordance with the provisions of the Second Class Township Code, all supplies and equipment for the various 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 Supervisors, make a full written report thereof. He/she shall also issue rules and regulations, subject to the approval of the Supervisors, governing the requisition and purchasing of all municipal supplies and equipment.
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 65101 et seq.
All complaints regarding services of personnel of the Township shall be referred to the Manager. He/she or an officer designated by him/her shall investigate and dispose of such claims, and he/she shall report thereon to the Supervisors.
He/she shall cooperate with the Board at all times and at all manner so that the best interest of the Township and the general public may be maintained.
He/she shall assume such duties as from time to time the Supervisors, by resolution, shall assign him/her, excluding all duties which are by statute or ordinance required to be performed by other officers or officials.
He/she shall research and investigate the administrative and governmental functions of the various Townships and make recommendations to the Supervisors of appropriate ordinances affecting the health, safety, welfare and administration of the Township.
In the event of illness or absence of the Manager from the Township, the Supervisors shall designate a qualified person to perform the duties of the Manager during his absence or disability.
The terms herein, specifically "Manager," "he/she," "him/her" and "his" are intended to be gender neutral and are to be interpreted in either the masculine or the feminine as the case may be.