The board of supervisors shall appoint a township manager for an indefinite term and fix his compensation. The manager shall be appointed solely on the basis of his executive and administrative qualifications. He need not be a resident of the township or state at the time of his appointment, but may reside outside the township while in office only with the approval of the board of supervisors.
The board of supervisors may remove the manager from office in accordance with the following procedures:
The board of supervisors shall adopt by affirmative vote of a majority of all its members a preliminary resolution which must state the reasons for removal and may suspend the manager from duty for a period not to exceed forty-five (45) days. A copy of the resolution shall be delivered promptly to the manager.
Within five (5) days after a copy of the resolution is delivered to the manager, he may file with the board of supervisors a written request for a public hearing. This hearing shall be held at a board meeting not earlier than fifteen (15) days nor later than thirty (30) days after the request is filed. The manager may file with the board of supervisors a written reply not later than five (5) days before the hearing.
The board of supervisors may adopt a final resolution of removal, which may be made effective immediately, by affirmative vote of a majority of all its members at any time after five (5) days from the date when a copy of the preliminary resolution was delivered to the manager if he has not requested a public hearing, or at any time after the public hearing if he has requested one.
By letter filed with the township clerk the manager shall designate, subject to approval of the board of supervisors, a qualified township administrative officer to exercise the powers and perform the duties of manager during his temporary absence or disability. During such absence or disability, the board of supervisors may revoke such designation at any time and appoint another officer of the township to serve until the manager shall return or his disability shall cease.
The township manager shall be the chief administrative officer of the township. He shall be responsible to the board of supervisors for the administration of all township affairs placed in his charge by or under this charter. He shall have the following powers and duties:
He shall appoint and, when he deems it necessary for the good of the township, suspend or remove all township employees and appointive administrative officers, provided for by or under this charter, except as otherwise provided by law, this charter or personnel rules adopted pursuant to this charter. He may authorize any administrative officer who is subject to his direction and supervision to exercise these powers with respect to subordinates in that officer's department, office or agency.
He shall direct and supervise the administration of all departments, offices and agencies of the township, except as otherwise provided by this charter or by law.
He shall attend all board of supervisors' meetings and shall have the right to take part in discussion, but may not vote.
He shall see that all laws, provisions of this charter, and acts of the board of supervisors, subject to enforcement by him or by officers subject to his direction and supervision, are faithfully executed.
He shall prepare and submit the annual budget and capital program to the board of supervisors.
He shall submit to the board of supervisors and make available to the public a complete report on the finances and administrative activities of the township as of the end of each fiscal year, within forty-five (45) days of the end of such year.
He shall make such other reports as the board of supervisors may require concerning the operations of township departments, offices and agencies subject to his direction and supervision.
He shall keep the board of supervisors fully advised as to the financial condition and future needs of the township and make recommendations to the board of supervisors concerning the affairs of the township.
He shall perform such other duties as are specified in this charter or as may be required by the board of supervisors.