[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Clairton 12-28-1989 by Ord. No. 1456. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Municipal Manager — See Art. VII.
Administration of government — See Ch. 5.
Editor's Note: The office of the City Controller was eliminated 2-28-1989 by Ord. No. 1446, and the duties of that office were transferred to the City Manager.
The office of City Manager is hereby created by the Council of the City of Clairton.
The City Manager shall be appointed for an indefinite term by a majority of all members of the City Council and shall receive such compensation as shall be fixed from time to time by the City Council.
The City Manager shall be chosen solely on the basis of executive and administrative abilities, with special reference to the duties of the office as herein outlined, and shall have had at least three years' experience in government administration. The City Manager need not be a resident of the City or of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at the time of appointment, but shall become a resident of the City within one year of appointment.
Upon assuming his or her duties, the City Manager shall give a bond to the City, in an amount to be fixed by the City Council, with a bonding company as surety and conditioned upon the faithful performance of his or her duties.
The City Manager shall be responsible to the City Council for the administration of all City affairs placed in the Manager's charge. The Manager's powers and duties shall include but not be limited to the following. The Manager shall:
Appoint, suspend or remove all City employees, except as otherwise provided by law or the City Charter, and report any such action at the next business meeting of the Council.
Appoint all administrative unit heads with the advice and consent of the Council.
Collect and receive, account for and deposit into the City treasury all taxes not collected by the Tax Collector; and fees, assessments or charges that are levied or established by the City for general or special purposes, except as otherwise provided by the Charter, ordinance or general law. Such deposits shall be made not later than the first business day following the day in which they are received.
Cause appropriate records to be made, preserved and certified, as required by law or other action of Council. The Manager shall attest to the execution of all instruments and record all ordinances and shall have custody of the City Corporate Seal.
Direct and supervise all administrative units, offices and agencies, except as otherwise provided by the Charter or by law.
Attend all Council meetings and shall have the right to take part in discussions, but shall not vote.
Prepare and submit an annual budget and capital expenditure program to the Council.
Submit to the Council and Mayor and make available to the public a complete report on the finances and administrative activities of the City as of the end of each fiscal year.
Make such other reports as the Council or Mayor may require concerning the operations of City departments, offices and agencies subject to the Manager's direction and supervision.
Have the duty to sign such papers, contracts, obligations and documents that are properly presented as may be required by law.
Keep the Council and the Mayor fully advised of the financial condition and future needs of the City and make such recommendations to the Council and the Mayor concerning the affairs of the City as he or she deems desirable.
Administer and enforce all laws and ordinances of the City and be responsible for the proper administration of all affairs of the City.
Ensure that no payment is made or obligations incurred against any appropriation except in accordance with the designated budget appropriations.
Ensure that there is a sufficient unencumbered balance in the appropriate budget appropriation to meet any obligation when it becomes due or payable.
Ensure that when any City obligation, debt or expense becomes due and payable, that sufficient funds will be available in the treasury to pay same.
Ensure that all payments and obligations incurred by the City are in accordance with law, City contract and the provisions of the Charter.
Require each department, office, board, commission or other City agency to certify from time to time that materials, supplies or equipment have been duly received and accepted as specified and that services contracted for have been duly rendered. The Manager shall report on this subject twice yearly or more frequently as the Council shall direct.
Neither the Mayor nor Council nor any of its committees or members shall direct or request the appointment to or removal from office or employment by the Manager of any subordinate. Except for the purpose of inquiry, the Council and its members and the Mayor shall deal with the administrative service solely through the Manager, and neither the Mayor nor the Council nor any of its committees or members thereof shall give orders to any subordinate of the Manager either publicly or privately.
The Council may, by three affirmative votes, remove the Manager at any time, with or without cause. Any such removal shall constitute a vacancy in the Office of City Manager. The Manager may, within 15 days of the date of removal, request a public hearing before the Council. Such hearing shall be held before the expiration of a thirty-day period.
The Manager shall continue to receive the existing salary during the thirty-day period. The action of the Council in removing the Manager shall not be subject to review by any court or agency.
The Council may designate an employee of the City to exercise the duties of the Manager during the Manager's temporary absence, disability or removal.
Upon a vacancy in the office of Manager, the Council shall appoint an Acting Manager to exercise the powers and perform the duties of the office.