COLUMBIA — Article III of the Columbia City Charter outlines the criteria and process for selecting a city manager as well as that person's duties and responsibilities. Here is the paraphrased text of the article and its sections.
Section 19 - Qualifications; Term of Office
The city manager must be chosen by the City Council on the basis of executive and administrative qualifications with special attention to experience in, and knowledge of, city manager work.
The manager may or may not be a resident of the city or the state at the time of selection but must live within the city while serving as city manager.
The manager is appointed for an indefinite term but is subject to removal and must devote full time to the duties of the office.
The manager must designate one of the department directors or an assistant city manager to perform the duties of the city manager in the event of the manager's absence; if the manager should fail to do so, the City Council will make the designation.
Section 20 — Compensation
The city manager shall receive compensation as set by ordinance.
Section 21 - Powers and Duties
The city manager will be the chief executive and administrative officer of the city and will be responsible to the City Council for the proper administration of all of the city's affairs. The manager shall have power and be required to:
- Appoint and remove, if necessary, all officers and employees of the city unless otherwise stated in the charter or if the manager authorizes the head of a department or office to appoint subordinates in that department or office.
- Prepare and submit to the City Council a statement of policy recommendations for programs and priorities which will be beneficial to the city. This statement shall be submitted no less than 120 days and no more than 180 days before the last day for the adoption of the budget.
- Prepare the budget annually and submit it to the City Council and be responsible for its administration after adoption.
- Prepare and submit to the City Council, at the end of the fiscal year, a complete report on the finances and administrative activities of the city for the year.
- Keep the council advised of the financial condition of the city and make recommendations concerning its future needs.
- Attend all meetings of the City Council and its committees, except when the council may be considering the manager's removal. The manager has the right to take part in discussions but has no power to vote. The manager must receive notice of all special meetings.
- Enforce all laws and ordinances and see that all contracts and franchises are performed.
- Perform other duties prescribed by this charter or required of the manager by the City Council that are not inconsistent with this charter.