In Alameda, the City Manager is appointed by the City Council and is responsible for providing policy support and recommendations to the City Council. As chief executive officer, the City Manager provides the leadership and direction for the operation and management of all City departments.
The City Manager shall be the Chief Administrative Officer of the City and shall be chosen by the Council on the basis of his or her executive and administrative qualifications, with special reference to his or her actual experience in or his or her knowledge of, accepted practice in respect to the duties of his or her office as hereinafter outlined.
The City Manager shall have the power and it shall be his or her duty:
- To administer and execute policies and undertakings formulated by the Council.
- To enforce all laws and ordinances, except as provided by Section 6-1, and he is hereby declared to be beneficially interested in their enforcement and to have power to sue in proper courts to enforce them.
- To appoint, discipline and remove all officers and employees of the City under his or her jurisdiction, subject to Civil Service requirements.
- To attend all meetings of the Council unless excused by the Council or the Mayor.
- To keep the Council at all times fully advised as to the needs of the City and to recommend such measures and policies as he may deem expedient.
- To conduct such investigations and prepare such plans, specifications or reports as may be specified by the Council.
- To see that all contracts and franchises made under his or her jurisdiction or that of the Council are faithfully performed, and to report all violations thereof to the Council.
- To supervise and administer all public parks, golf courses, recreation areas, wharves, docks and other public properties, utilities and facilities belonging to the City except as in this Charter otherwise provided.
- To appoint technical advisory experts or boards with the consent of and at such compensation as may be provided by the Council.
- To prepare and submit a budget as required by this Charter.
- To investigate the conduct and proceedings of any officer or board of the City when he shall deem the same necessary, or when so directed by the Council.
- To devote his or her entire time to the duties of his or her office.
- To formulate rules and regulations for officers and employees under his or her jurisdiction.