Powers And Duties Of The City Manager

ARTICLE 5 of the City of Richmond Heights Charter states that the Council shall appoint a CITY MANAGER for an indefinite term and shall by resolution fix the compensation and conditions of employment for such office. The City Manager shall be appointed solely on the basis of such person's executive and administrative qualifications. The City Manager need not be a resident of the City at the time of appointment but must become a resident of the City within the first (1st) year of such appointment unless such time is extended by the Council.
Powers and Duties of the City Manager.

The City Manager shall be responsible to the Council for the administration of all City operations placed in the charge of the City Manager by or under this Charter. The City Manager shall:

  • Appoint and, when deemed necessary for the good of the City, suspend or removal all City employees and appointed administrative officers provided for, by or under this Charter, except the City Attorney, the City Clerk, the Municipal Judge and the Provisional Municipal Judge or except as otherwise provided by law, this Charter, or personnel rules adopted previously by the Council or adopted pursuant to this Charter. The City Manager may authorize any administrative officer who is subject to direction and supervision of the City Manager to exercise these powers with respect to subordinates in that officer's department;
  • Direct and supervise the administration of all departments of the City except the City Attorneys, City Clerk and Municipal Judges, and except as otherwise provided by this Charter or by law;
  • Attend all meetings of the Council and committees of its members, except when the Council may be considering personnel matters relating to the City Manager. The City Manager shall have the right to take part in discussions at meetings of the Council but shall have no power to vote. The City Manager shall receive notice of all meetings;
  • Provide that all laws, provisions of this Charter and acts of the Council, subject to enforcement by the City Manager or by officers subject to the direction and supervision of the City Manager, are faithfully executed;
  • Supervise and be responsible for the preparation of the annual budget and capital program and submit both to the Council;
  • Submit to the Council and make available to the public a complete report on the finances of the City and, at the discretion of the Council, on the administrative activities of the City, as of the end of each fiscal year;
  • Keep the Council fully informed so that the Council shall properly execute their legislative and policymaking functions and make such other reports as the Council may require concerning the operations of City departments, offices and agencies subject to the direction and supervision of the City Manager;
  • Prepare and submit to the Council policy recommendations for programs and priorities which, in the opinion of the City Manager, should be considered by the Council. These recommendations shall be submitted on an on-going basis;
  • Facilitate the prompt, economical and efficient dispatch of City business and to that end may from time to time organize or reorganize work within or among departments responsible to the City Manager, assign assistants, deputies and employees from any office or department of the City Government under direction of the City Manager to perform work or service in connection with any office or department, or to work in more than one (1) of such offices or departments;
  • Keep the Council fully advised on the financial condition and future needs of the City and make such other recommendations to the Council concerning the affairs of the City as is deemed advisable;
  • Perform such other duties as may be prescribed by this Charter or required by the Council consistent with this Charter.

For more information about City Management, please visit the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) website at www.icma.org.