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(a) Appointment and Qualifications: The City Council shall appoint a City Manager who shall be the chief administrative and executive officer of the City and shall be responsible to the City Council for the administration of all the affairs of the City. He shall be chosen by the City Council solely on the basis of his executive and administrative training, experience and ability, and need not, when appointed, be a resident of the City of Freeport. No member of the City Council shall, during the time for which he is elected and for one year thereafter, be appointed City Manager.
(b) Term and Salary: The City Manager shall not be appointed for a definite term but may be removed at the will and pleasure of the City Council by a vote of the majority of the entire Council. The action of the City Council in suspending or removing the City Manager shall be final, it being the intention of this Charter to vest all authority and fix all responsibility of such suspension or removal in the City Council. If the City Manager should be suspended, or if the office of City Manager is vacant by reason of the death, resignation or removal of the City Manager, the City Council shall appoint some qualified person to perform the duties of such office as Acting City Manager until such suspension is lifted or a permanent City Manager is appointed and qualifies. The City Manager and any Acting City Manager shall receive such compensation as may be fixed by the City Council.
(c) Duties of the City Manager:
(1) Appoint, and when necessary for the welfare of the City, remove any employee of the City, except as otherwise provided by this Charter;
(2) Prepare the budget annually and submit it to the City Council, and be responsible for its administration after adoption;
(3) Prepare and submit to the City Council as of the end of the fiscal year a complete report on the finances and administrative activities of the City for the preceding year;
(4) Keep the City Council advised of the financial condition and future needs of the City and make such recommendations as may seem desirable;
(5) Perform such duties as may be prescribed by this Charter or may be required of him by the City Council, not inconsistent with this Charter.
(d) Absence or disability of the City Manager. If the City Manager is unable to perform the duties of such office as a result of absence or disability, or if such office becomes vacant and the City Council has not yet appointed an Acting City Manager, the Mayor may designate in writing, to be filed with the City Secretary, a qualified employee of the City to perform the duties of the City Manager during such absence or disability or, in the case of such office becoming vacant, until an Acting City Manager has been appointed by the City Council. Provided, however, any such designation shall expire on the day following the next regular meeting of the City Council unless confirmed by the City Council at such meeting.
(e) Within six (6) months of his or her appointment, the City Manager shall establish and thereafter maintain a place of residence within the city for the duration of his or her employment by the city in such capacity. Provided, however, this requirement shall not apply to the person serving as the City Manager on the date it becomes a part of the Home Rule Charter.
(Amendment adopted by electorate 5-4-02; Amendment adopted by electorate 5-10-14)