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Chapter 2.06 - City Manager

2.06.010 Establishment of position
There is created and established the position of City Manager. (Ord. O-85-24 § 1 (part), 1985; Ord. O-76-16 § 2 (part), 1976).

2.06.020 Qualifications
The City Manager shall be selected solely on the basis of his executive and administrative qualifications with special reference to training and experience. He shall be compensated for his services as the Council may from time to time determine. At the time of his appointment he need not be a resident of the city or the state, but within a reasonable time following his appointment he shall remove to the city, and shall thereafter reside in the city during his tenure. (Ord. O-85-24 § 1 (part), 1985; Ord. O-76-16 § 2 (part), 1976).

2.06.030 Functions and duties
The City Manager shall be the chief administrative officer of the city, and shall be responsible to the Mayor and City Council for the proper administration of all affairs of the city placed in his charge. (Ord. O-85-24 § 1 (part), 1985; Ord. O-76-16 § 2 (part), 1976).

2.06.040 Power to appoint and remove officers and employees
Subject to and except as otherwise provided by law or ordinance, the City Manager shall have the power to appoint and remove, discipline or suspend all employees of the city, excepting the employees of the Presiding Municipal Judge and his subordinate employees; provided, however, that the City Manager shall have such powers over the employees of the Presiding Municipal Judge, subject to the advance approval of the Presiding Municipal Judge, or as such powers may be delegated to him in writing. (Ord. O-86-23 § 1, 1986; Ord. O-85-24 §§ 1, 2 (part), 1985; Ord. O-77-28 § 2, 1977: Ord. O-76-16 § 2 (part), 1976).

2.06.050 Criteria for appointment and dismissal
Appointments made by the City Manager shall be on the basis of executive and administrative ability and training and experience of all employees in the work they are to perform. (Ord. O-85-24 § 1 (part), 1985; Ord. O-76-16 § 2 (part), 1976).


2.06.060 Additional functions and duties
The City Manager shall have the following additional functions and duties:
A. To supervise the administration of the enforcement of all laws and ordinances of the city, save and except to the extent that the administration of such enforcement is confided to other city officials by law or ordinance;
B. To be responsible to the City Council for the administration of all departments of the city, save and except those departments confided to the supervision of other city officers by law or ordinance; and to cooperate with and supervise the administrative functions of such departments to the extent requested or delegated by the city officers having primary responsibility for the operation of such departments;
C. To issue such administrative regulations and outline general administrative procedures applicable to areas and departments confided to his supervision, in the form of rules which are not in conflict with the laws of the state or other city ordinances or regulations;
D. To prepare an annual budget and to submit the same to Council;
E. In cooperation with the City Treasurer to keep the Council fully informed as to the financial condition of the city;
F. To recommend to Council for adoption such measures as he may deem necessary or proper for the efficient and proper operation of the city, and to attend all City Council meetings;
G. To prepare and submit to the Council an annual report of the city's affairs, including a summary of the reports of the operations of all city departments;
H. Subject to the requirements of statutes and ordinances, and in accordance with rules and regulations now or hereafter promulgated by the City Council, to purchase materials and authorize expenditures of funds on behalf of the city;
I. To perform such other duties as may be prescribed by ordinance or by direction of the City Council. (Ord. O-85-24 § 1 (part), 1985; Ord. O-76-16 § 2 (part), 1976).

2.06.070 Administrative organization
Subject to the limitations and requirements of applicable budget and appropriations, the City Manager shall have such assistants as may be authorized from time to time by the City Council, who shall perform such functions and duties as may be assigned to them by the City Manager, and who shall be appointed by the City Manager and subject to removal by the City Manager in conformity with the provisions of the applicable ordinances of the city. (Ord. O-85-24 § 1 (part), 1985; Ord. O-76-16 § 2 (part), 1976).

2.06.080 Organization of Office of City Manager
In order to provide proper staff and management services to the city and its departments, and subject to the limitations and requirements of budget and appropriations, the City Manager is authorized to establish within his office such divisions or sections as to him may seem necessary or proper for the purposes aforesaid, and from time to time to abolish, change or reorganize the same. Such actions by the City Manager may be on a temporary or permanent basis, subject to further change, reorganization or reassignment as the City Manager may determine. (Ord. O-98-52 § 4, 1998; Ord. O-87-19 § 5, 1987; Ord. O-85-24 § 1 (part), 1985; Ord. O-76-16 § 2 (part), 1976).


2.06.090 Authority of City Manager over organization and personnel of city departments and offices
Subject to the provisions of applicable law and ordinance, budget and appropriations, the City Manager may from time to time, as necessary or proper for the most efficient operation and organization of the City, reorganize, modify, combine or change the organizational structure and the establishment of sections or divisions and assignment of personnel, functions and duties within, between, and among the Police Department, Department of Public Works, Department of Community Planning and Development, Department of Community Resources, the City Clerk's Office, Department of Employee Relations, Department of Finance, Department of Information Technology and Department of Housing and Family Services, or may transfer divisions, sections, functions, duties, services, personnel or assignments from any of said departments or offices to any of said other departments or offices. (Ord. O-2000-34 § 1, 2000; Ord. O-98-52 § 9, 1998; Ord. O-93-25 § 18, 1993; Ord. O-91-59 § 8, 1991; Ord. O-87-19 § 6; 1987; Ord. O-85-24 § 1 (part), 1985; Ord. O-76-16 § 2 (part), 1976).

2.06.100 Relationship of City Council to City Manager and departments
The City Council shall deal with that portion of the administrative service and the departments of the city for which the City Manager is responsible through the City Manager. Directives issued by the Council concerning policies or operations of the City Council affecting the area of responsibility of the City Manager and the administration of any of such departments shall be made so as to direct the City Manager to accomplish the necessary orders. (Ord. O-85-24 § 1 (part), 1985; Ord. O-76-16 § 2 (part), 1976).

2.06.110 Lakewood Housing Authority
The office of the City Manager may provide administrative staff assistance to the Lakewood Housing Authority. (Ord. O-98-52 § 10, 1998; Ord. O-91-59 § 2, 1991).