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A City Manager shall be appointed by Council, an affirmative vote of not less than five (5) members of Council being necessary for the City Manager's appointment. The City Manager's tenure shall be indefinite, but shall continue only at the pleasure of Council, a vote of at least five (5) members of Council being necessary for removal.
The City Manager may be suspended for just cause for a period of time not to exceed thirty (30) calendar days, an affirmative vote of at least four (4) members of Council being necessary for any such suspension. Within three (3) calendar days of being notified in writing of the suspension, the City Manager may request a hearing before the Council as to whether there was just cause for the suspension and/or whether the suspension shall be modified as to its duration and/or whether the suspension shall be with or without pay. At the close of the hearing, an affirmative vote of at least (4) members of Council shall be required to vacate or to modify the suspension in any manner. By the affirmative vote of at least four (4) members of Council, the Council shall appoint a Municipal employee to serve as the Acting City Manager during any suspension of the City Manager.
The City Manager shall be chosen solely on the basis of professional qualifications and knowledge of the duties, standards and accepted practices of the office. The City Manager need not be a resident of the Municipality at the time of appointment, but shall within a reasonable time after appointment establish and maintain residence in the Municipality, unless otherwise provided by Council. (Amended 11-7-00; 11-2-10; 11-3-15)