Creation of Departments. The board of supervisors may establish township departments, offices or agencies, in addition to those created by this charter, and may prescribe the functions of all departments, offices and agencies, except that no function assigned by this charter to a particular department, office or agency may be discontinued or, unless this charter specifically so provides, assigned to any other.
Direction by Manager. All departments, offices and agencies under the direction and supervision of the manager shall be administered by an officer appointed by and subject to the direction and supervision of the manager. With the consent of the board of supervisors, the manager may serve as the head of one or more such departments, offices or agencies, or may appoint one person as the head of two or more of them.
The board of supervisors may from time to time establish, by ordinance, various boards and commissions to act in an advisory capacity or to perform special functions. In all instances when such boards and commissions are constituted in the name of the township or directed to act on behalf of the township, the members thereof shall be appointed by the chairman of the board of supervisors, with the advice and consent of a majority of all the members of the board of supervisors. Except as may otherwise be provided by statute or by this charter, the chairman of the board of supervisors shall have authority to suspend or remove any member of such boards and commissions acting in the name or on behalf of the township.
Merit Principle. All appointments and promotions of township officers and employees shall be made solely on the basis of merit and fitness demonstrated by examination or other evidence of competence.
Personnel Director. There shall be a personnel director, a position which may be filled by the manager as provided in section 601, or separately appointed by the manager, who shall administer the personnel system of the township.
Personnel Board. There may be a personnel board consisting of five (5) members: the chairman of the board of supervisors, the township manager, and three members appointed by the board of supervisors for terms of three (3) years, from among the qualified voters of the township. The personnel director shall provide necessary staff assistance for the personnel board.
Personnel Rules. The personnel director, if separately appointed, or the manager, shall prepare personnel rules. The manager shall refer such proposed rules to the personnel board, if established, which shall report his recommendations thereon. When approved by the manager, the rules shall be proposed to the board of supervisors, and the board of supervisors may by ordinance adopt them with or without amendment. These rules shall provide for:
The classification of all township positions, based on the duties, authority and responsibility of each position, with adequate provision for reclassification of any position whenever warranted by changed circumstances.
A pay plan for all township positions.
Methods for determining the merit and fitness of candidates for appointment or promotion.
The policies and procedures regulating reduction in force and removal of employees.
The hours of work, attendance regulations and provisions for sick and vacation leave.
The policies and procedures governing persons holding provisional appointment.
The policies and procedures governing relationships with employee organizations.
Policies regarding in-service training programs.
Grievance procedures, including procedures for the hearing of grievances by the personnel board, which may render advisory opinions based on its findings to the township manager with a copy to the aggrieved employee.
Other practices and procedures necessary to the administration of the township personnel system.
There shall be a legal officer of the township, appointed by the board of supervisors, who shall serve as chief legal adviser to the board of supervisors, the manager and all township departments, offices and agencies; shall represent the township in all legal proceedings; and shall perform any other duties prescribed by this charter or by ordinance.
The board of supervisors shall initiate planning for the township in accordance with the "Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code," Act 247 of 1968, as amended.