(A)   The City Administrator shall be responsible to the Mayor and to the City Council for the proper administration of the policies and affairs of the city, and to that end shall have the power and authority and be required to:
      (1)   Assist the Mayor in carrying out the duties of the Mayor's office;
      (2)   Direct, supervise and coordinate administrative activities and operations;
      (3)   Appoint department managers with approval of the Mayor and Council;
      (4)   Appoint other city employees;
      (5)   Suspend or dismiss department managers with approval of the Mayor and Council;
      (6)   Suspend or dismiss other city employees;
      (7)   Prepare a proposed annual operating budget and submit the proposed budget to the Mayor and Council for review and consideration;
      (8)   Have responsibility for administration of annual operating budget after adoption;
      (9)   Prepare an annually updated five year capital program and budget;
      (10)   Recommend and administer personnel policies, classification, compensation and evaluation policies for all city employees;
      (11)   Monitor the financial condition of the city, estimate present and future financial means;
      (12)   Prepare monthly reports on financial activities;
      (13)   Prepare monthly reports on administrative activities;
      (14)   Combine or consolidate job positions within departments as necessary or prudent to maximize manpower utilization and efficiency;
      (15)   Recommend and administer policies governing purchasing procedures and inventory control;
      (16)   Authorize the purchase of services, material and equipment which do not require the taking of bids, provided that the items are appropriated in the annual operating budget, capital improvements budget or revenue sharing budget;
      (17)   Authorize shifts in departmental budget line items provided overall departmental appropriations do not change;
      (18)   Investigate complaints concerning administrative matters and personnel performance;
      (19)   Prepare and submit to the Mayor and City Council at the end of each fiscal year a complete annual report on the finances and administrative activities of the city; and
      (20)   Provide the Mayor and City Council with information, data and leadership in matters of policy determination. In this area, the Administrator shall take an active role in the pursuance of grants and other monies for municipal use.
   (B)   Delegate to other administrative officers subject to the Administrator's direction and supervision, the authority to exercise specific duties and responsibilities as may be considered appropriate.
(1985 Code, § 2-103)