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City of Fairfield, Ohio

Article VI


THE CITY MANAGER

§6.01 APPOINTMENT, REMOVAL AND QUALIFICATIONS.

(A) The Council shall appoint a person possessing the qualifications set forth in Division (B) of this section as the City Manager by a majority vote of the members of the Council. The City Manager shall serve at the pleasure of the Council and may be removed from office, without cause, upon a majority vote of the members of Council.

(B) The City Manager shall be chosen solely on the basis of his or her personal, executive and administrative qualifications. The Council shall be the sole judge of those qualifications. The Council shall consider the adequacy of the training and experience of persons considered for appointment to the office of City Manager. The Council shall determine and publish in such manner as it determines appropriate the criteria it will consider in making the appointment of the City Manager.

(C) The City Manager need not be a resident of the City at the time of his or he appointment. The City Manager shall become a resident of the City within six months after his or her appointment, unless the Council waives the residence requirement by majority vote of its members.

(D) No member of the Council shall be appointed as the City Manager while a member of Council or for two years after vacating a seat on the Council. (Amended 6-8-82)

§6.02 POWERS, DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS.

(A) The City Manager shall be the chief executive, administrative, and law enforcement officer of the City. The City Manager shall be responsible to the Council for the administration of all of the City's affairs placed in his or her charge by or under this Charter, the ordinances or resolutions of the City and the laws of Ohio. The City Manager shall have the following powers and duties:

  1. To appoint and promote all department heads, officers and employees of the City in the Classified and Unclassified Service of the City under the Manager's direction, control and supervision, except as may be otherwise provided in this Charter.
  2. To remove, suspend or discipline department heads, officers and employees of the City who are in the Classified or Unclassified Service of the City under the Manager's direction, control and supervision, subject to the provisions of this Charter pertaining to Civil Service, except as may be otherwise provided in this Charter.
  3. To direct and supervise the administration of all departments, offices and agencies of the City which are under his or her direction, control and supervision, including the direction, control and supervision of all employees, except as may be otherwise provided in this Charter.
  4. To attend all Council meetings. The City Manager shall have the right to take part in discussion but may not vote on matters before the Council.
  5. To see that all laws, provisions of this Charter and ordinances and resolutions of the City, subject to enforcement by the Manager or by officers or employees subject to the Manager's supervision, are faithfully executed.
  6. To prepare and submit the annual budget and capital program to the Council.
  7. To submit to Council 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.
  8. To make such other reports as the Council may require concerning the operations of Municipal departments, offices, boards, commissions and agencies subject to the Manager's direction and supervision.
  9. To keep the Council fully advised as to the financial condition and future operating and capital needs of the City and make such recommendations to the Council concerning the affairs of the City as the Manager deems desirable.
  10. To require reports and information of subordinate officers and employees of the City as he or she deems necessary in the orderly operation of the City, or when requested to do so by the Council or any board or commission of the City.
  11. To execute, on behalf of the City, all contracts, agreements, bonds, notes, certificates of indebtedness, and other instruments to which the City is a party. To affix to official documents and instruments of the City the City Manager's seal which shall be the seal of the City, but the absence of the seal shall not affect the validity of any document or instrument.
  12. To perform such other powers, duties and functions as required by this Charter, the ordinances and resolutions of the City and the laws of Ohio, to the extent such laws are not in conflict with and are consistent with this Charter and the City's ordinances and resolutions. (Ord. 6-8-82; 11-6-84; 11-2-93.)

§6.03 CITY MANAGER MAY ACT AS DEPARTMENT HEAD.

The Council, by a majority vote of its members, may authorize and revoke an authorization allowing the City to serve as the head of any administrative department of the City, except the Departments of Finance, Law, Police or Fire. (Amended 6-8-82.)

§6.04 ACTING CITY MANAGER.

(A) When there is a vacancy in the office of City Manager, the Council shall appoint a person to serve as Acting City Manager until the Council shall fill the vacancy. The Acting City Manager may hold other office or employment with the City, except the offices of Mayor or member of Council. (Amended 6-8-82)

(B) The City Manager shall designate, by a letter filed with the Clerk of Council, an officer or employee who is under the Manager's direction, control and supervision to serve as the Acting City Manager when the City Manager is temporarily absent or disabled, provided the Council may, by a majority vote of its members, designate another person to serve as the Acting City Manager if the absence or disability of the City Manager continues for more than fourteen days.

(C) Persons serving as Acting City Manager under this section shall have all the powers, duties and functions of the City Manager. (Amended 6-8-82)