Ouncil Votes To Consider Creating City Manager Job

September 12, 1990|By AMY L. MILLER | AMY L. MILLER,Staff writer

WESTMINSTER - Acting upon the recommendations of an advisory panel on government, the City Council unanimously voted to consider legislation creating the position of a city manager.

Members plan to vote on ordinance No. 533 at the Sept. 24 meeting.

"This is with the understanding that any amendments and changes can be added at a later time," Snyder said.

The Advisory Task Force on Governmental Administration, which also suggested that better relations between the mayor and City Council were necessary, said a manager would separate creation of policy by the mayor and council from its implementation by city staff.

The ordinance, proposed by the task force in its Aug. 27 report, calls for a city manager chosen by consent of the mayor and council.

The manager would supervise city departments, appoint department heads and serve as the liaison between the elected officials and city employees. The job would pay between $39,754 and $61,217.

If the ordinance is approved, the mayor would continue to be a sounding board for the community and to perform ceremonial tasks, but he would no longer manage the day-to-day operations of the city.

"The proposed language would adjust the duties and responsibilities of the mayor, consistent with the utilization of a paid professional administrator for the city's daily administration," the report said. "New language proposed in that section would set forth the mayor's duties with greater specificity."

At Monday night's meeting, Snyder also recommended that the Personnel Committee and Mayor W. Benjamin Brown write a job description and develop a plan of action for recruiting city manager candidates.

The proposed search committee would consist of Edward S. Calwell, chairman; Council President Kenneth J. Hornberger; Brown; and Snyder.

Hornberger said after the job description is created and the position advertised, Calwell and Brown would set up screening guidelines.

"The emphasis (for how they proceed) is on Mr. Calwell," he said. "Before we advertise, we have to come up with some type of job description."

Brown said he would not comment on the proposed ordinance until he had discussed it with former City Council members and other community leaders.

"I have a few more that I wish to speak to yet," he said, adding that he plans to have a press conference later this week.

In the past, Brown has supported the idea of a city manager.

Calwell was unavailable for comment.

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