City of Laconia, NH
Belknap County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents

Sect. 4:01 MANAGER.

The chief administrative officer of the City shall be called the Manager. The Council shall appoint as Manager for an indefinite term, and fix the salary of, a qualified person who receive the votes of at least a majority of the Council. The first Council elected under this Charter shall appoint a Manager within three months after the effective date of this Charter. (RSA-C:17) (Amended by referendum 11-2-2010, 3,334 yes, 1,235 no, effective 7-1-2011)

Sect. 4:02 QUALIFICATIONS.

The Manager shall be chosen solely on the basis of the applicant's executive and administrative qualifications, but the Manager need not be a resident of the City or the state at the time of appointment. (RSA 49-C:17) (Amended by referendum 11-2-2010, 3,334 yes, 1,235 no, effective 7-1-2011)

Sect. 4:03 REMOVAL.

The manager may be removed by a majority vote of the members of the council as herein provided. At least 30 days before the proposed removal of the manager, the council shall adopt a resolution stating its intention to remove the manager and the reasons therefor, a copy of which shall be served forthwith on the manager who may, within 10 days, demand a public hearing in which event the manager shall not be removed until such public hearing has been held. Upon or after passage of such a resolution the council may suspend the manager from duty, but the manager shall continue to receive pay until removal. In case of such a suspension the council may appoint an acting manager to serve at the pleasure of the council for not more than 90 days. The action of the council in removing the manager shall be final. (RSA 49-C:17) (Amended by referendum 11-2-2010, 3,334 yes, 1,235 no, effective 7-1-2011)

Sect. 4:04 GENERAL POWERS AND DUTIES OF MANAGER.

The Manager shall supervise the administrative affairs of the City and shall carry out the policies enacted by the Council. The Manager shall be charged with the preservation of the public peace and health and safety of persons and property and shall see to the enforcement of the ordinances of the City, this Charter, and the laws of the state. The Manager shall keep the Council informed of the condition and needs of the City and shall make such reports and recommendations as the Manager may deem advisable, and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by this charter, or required of the manager by ordinance or resolution of the Council, not inconsistent with this Charter. The Manager shall have and perform such other powers and duties not inconsistent with the provisions of this Charter as now are or hereafter may be conferred or imposed upon the Manager by municipal ordinance or upon mayors of cities by general law. The Manager shall have the right to take part in the discussion of all matters coming before the Council, but not the right to vote. (RSA 49-CA:16, 49-C:18) (Amended by referendum 11-2-2010, 3,334 yes, 1,235 no, effective 7-1-2011)

Sect. 4:05 APPOINTIVE POWER OF MANAGER.

The Manager shall have power to appoint and remove, subject to the provisions of this Charter, all officers and employees in the administrative service of the City, but the Manager may authorize the head of a department or office who is responsible to the Manager to appoint and remove subordinates in such department or office. All such appointments shall be without definite term unless for provisional, temporary or emergency service not to exceed the maximum periods which may be prescribed by the rules and regulations of the merit plan. The members of the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment, Building Code Board of Appeals and Parks and Recreation Commission shall be appointed by majority vote of the City Council with such terms, number of members, powers and duties as prescribed by state law, by this Charter or by ordinance. (RSA 49-C:18) (Amended and passed 11-4-1975 by referendum; amended by referendum 11-2-2010, 3,334 yes, 1,235 no, effective 7-1-2011)

Sect. 4:06 NONINTERFERENCE BY THE COUNCIL.

Neither the Council nor any of its members shall direct or request, except employment, or his removal therefrom, by the Manager or any of the administrative officers. Neither the Council nor any member thereof shall give orders to any of the administrative officers, either publicly or privately, but they may make suggestions and recommendations. Any Councilor who violates the provisions of this section shall forfeit the office of Councilor as of the date the council determines by majority vote that such violation occurred. (RSA 49-C:19) (Amended and passed 11-4-1975 by referendum; amended by referendum 11-2-2010, 2,742 yes, 1,321 no, effective 7-1-2011)

Sect. 4:07 APPOINTIVE OFFICERS.

There shall be appointed by the Manager, three Assessors, a City Clerk, Treasurer, Fire Chief, City Solicitor, members of the Housing Authority, and overseer of the poor, and such other officers as are necessary to administer all departments which the Council shall establish, which departments shall replace all existing departments, boards, and commissions. The powers and duties of these officers and heads of departments so appointed shall be those prescribed by state law, by this Charter or by ordinance. (RSA 49-C:20) (Amended by referendum 11-2-2010, 2,213 yes, 1,844 no, effective 7-1-2011)

Sect. 4:08 ADMINISTRATIVE DEPARTMENTS.

The first Manager under this Charter shall draft and submit to the Council within nine months after assuming office an ordinance dividing the administrative service of the City into departments, divisions, and bureaus and defining the functions and duties of each. After the adoption of that ordinance, upon recommendation of the Manager, the Council, by ordinance, may create, consolidate, or abolish departments, divisions, and bureaus of the City and define or alter their functions and duties. Such ordinances shall be known as the "administrative code." Officers shall have supervision and control of their respective departments and the employees therein and shall have power to prescribe rules and regulations, not inconsistent with general law, this Charter, the administrative code, and the rules and regulations of the merit plan. Pending passage of such code, the Manager may establish temporary regulations. (RSA 49-C:21) (Amended by referendum 11-2-2010, 3,334 yes, 1,235 no, effective 7-1-2011)

Sect. 4:09 PURCHASING PROCEDURE.

The administrative code shall establish purchasing and contract procedure, including the assignment of all responsibility for purchases to a single person, the combination of purchasing of similar articles by different departments and purchasing by competitive bids wherever practical. (Amended by referendum 11-2-2010, 3,334 yes, 1,235 no, effective 7-1-2011)