The administrative officers of the City shall be the Clerk,Treasurer, Assessor, Attorney, Chief of Police, Fire Chief, and Superintendent of Public Works, and, if the Council deems necessary, a City Administrator, Health Officer, City Engineer, and Building Inspector. The Council may, by ordinance, create additional administrative offices and may, by resolution, combine any administrative offices in any manner it deems necessary or advisable for the proper and efficient operation of the City. Except as hereinafter provided, all administrative officers of the City shall be appointed by the Council for an indefinite period, shall serve at the pleasure of the Council, and shall have their compensation fixed by the Council.
Except as may be otherwise provided by statute or this Charter, the Council shall establish, by ordinance, such departments of the City as it deems necessary or advisable and shall prescribe therein the functions of each department and the duties, authorities, and responsibilities of the officers of each department.
All personnel employed by the city who are not elected officers of the city or declared to be administrative officers by, or under the authority of, this Section shall be deemed to be employees of the City. The head of each department shall have the power to hire and discharge the employees of such department without confirmation by the Council.
The Council may, by ordinance passed by a 5/7 vote, create the office of the City Administrator and specify the duties, authorities, and responsibilities of such office. In the event such office is created, the Council may provide that any administrative function, officer, or department of the City, except the Attorney, shall be placed under the administrative direction of such City Administrator, and in such event the City Administrator shall have the power to appoint, subject to confirmation by the Council, such administrative officers of the City as are placed under his administrative direction and shall have the power to discharge such administrative officers without confirmation by the Council.
Any administrative officer or employee who has been discharged may, within 10 days thereafter, petition the Council to hear the facts regarding such discharge, and in any such case the Council may, in its sole discretion, hold a hearing and inquire into such facts and may make such recommendation in the matter as it considers proper.
State Law References: Mandatory that Charter provide for the election or appointment of a clerk, a treasurer, an assessor or board of assessors, a board of review, and other officers considered necessary, MCL 117.3(a).