The Manager shall be the chief executive officer and the head of the administrative branch of the City Government, and shall be responsible to the Council for the proper administration of all the affairs of the City and the enforcement of all the laws and ordinances, except as provided by this Charter. The Manager shall have the following powers, and all such other powers conferred by law:
   1.   Appoint and, when necessary, remove any of the appointive officers and employees of the City, except as otherwise provided under this Charter.
   2.   Direct and supervise the administration of all departments.
   3.   Prepare the budget estimates annually, submit them to Council, and administer the budget adopted by Council.
   4.   Prepare and submit to the Council and to the public annually, a complete report on the finances and administrative activities of the City for the preceding year.
   5.   Attend all meetings of Council, unless excused therefrom, with the right to participate in its discussions, but without the right to vote.
   6.   Keep Council advised monthly as to the financial condition and future operating and capital needs of the City and make recommendations to Council concerning the affairs of the City as he deems desirable.
   7.   Award contracts on behalf of the City up to the limits provided by law for awarding contracts without competitive bidding and execute all such contracts and agreements on behalf of the City as provided by law.
   8.   Perform such other duties, not inconsistent with this Charter, as may be required by Council.
   9.   Serve as an ex-officio member of all Commissions established by this Charter or Council. The Manager may participate in the deliberations of each commission, but shall not be entitled to vote as a member of such commissions.
   The Manager may delegate to subordinate officers and employees of the City any duties conferred upon him by this Charter or by action of Council, and hold them responsible for their faithful discharge.