The position of Town Administrator for the Town of Bel Air, Maryland is hereby created.
The Town Administrator shall be appointed by a majority vote of the Board of Commissioners for an indefinite term and shall serve at the pleasure of the Board of Commissioners. The Town Administrator shall be chosen on the basis of education or experience in administration, organization, finance, and planning with special reference to his knowledge and experience in municipal government and in the accepted practices of the duties of the office hereinafter set forth.
The Town Administrator may be removed from office by majority vote of the entire Board of Commissioners. The Board of Commissioners shall give the Town Administrator at least thirty (30) days notice of the expiration of his appointment. The action of the Board of Commissioners in removing the Town Administrator shall be final.
The Town Administrator shall receive such compensation as the Board of Commissioners shall prescribe.
The duties and responsibilities of Town Administrator include the following:
The Town Administrator shall direct and supervise the administration of all departments, offices and agencies of the Town, including the Police Department, the Department of Public Works, the Department of Finance, Department of Planning, Town Clerk and Department of Administration, and to further include such departments and agencies which the Board of Commissioners places under the Town Administrator's supervision. In addition to the Town Administrator there shall be department heads authorized under Section 901 Article IX of this Charter. However, one individual may serve as head of more than one department if the Board of Commissioners shall so provide.
The Town Administrator shall, with the approval of the Board of Commissioners, appoint, suspend or remove any Town department head for sufficient cause, and shall have the authority to recommend and submit for approval to the Board of Commissioners the establishment or abolition of departmental agencies of the government of Bel Air.
The Town Administrator shall appoint and as deemed necessary in the best interest of the Town, suspend or remove any employee, other than a department head, for sufficient cause. The Town Administrator may authorize any department head to exercise these powers with respect to subordinates in an individual department as provided for in the personnel rules of the Town.
The Town Administrator shall see that all laws, provisions of the Town Charter, and acts of the Board of Commissioners are faithfully executed.
The Town Administrator shall attend all public meetings of the Board of Commissioners and shall have the right to act in an advisory capacity at such meetings but may not vote.
The Town Administrator shall be the Chief Financial Officer of the Town and may serve in the capacity of Treasurer. The Town Administrator shall prepare and submit to the Board of Commissioners a proposed budget in accordance with the provisions of Article VII, Section 702 (a).
The Town Administrator shall undertake such research and make reports and recommendations as the Board of Commissioners may direct or which the Town Administrator deems desirable and in the best interests of the Town of Bel Air.
The Town Administrator shall keep the Board of Commissioners fully informed as to the financial condition and future needs of the Town and shall submit to the Board of Commissioners an annual report on the finances and administrative activities of the Town at the end of each fiscal year.
The Town Administrator shall purchase materials, equipment, supplies and services when not in excess of the dollar amount prescribed by the Board of Commissioners. The Board of Commissioners shall have the power to provide by policy for rules and regulations regarding purchasing procedures such as the use of competitive bids. All contracts involving professional services such as accounting, architecture, auditing, engineering, law, planning, and surveying need not be on a bid basis; they may be negotiated by the Town Administrator or, a duly authorized representative and approved by the Board of Commissioners.
The Town Administrator shall make such other reports as the Board of Commissioners may require concerning the operations of various departments, offices, and agencies subject to the Town Administrator's direction and supervision and shall perform such other public duties as are directed by the Board of Commissioners.