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The executive and administrative work of the City shall be performed by:
(a) The following elected or appointed officers:
Director of Finance;
City Representative; 22
Insurance Public Advocate; 23
Public School Family and Child Advocate; 24
Handicapped and Disabled Advocate; 25
Director of Sustainability; 26
Director of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Affairs; 27
Director of Immigrant Affairs. 28
(b) The Mayor's Cabinet and a committee thereof to be known as the Administrative Board.
(c) Other heads of departments as hereinafter in this Chapter specified.
(d) The following departments which are hereby created:
Department of Commerce;
Department of Public Health;
Department of Streets;
Department of Parks and Recreation; 29
Department of Public Welfare;
Department of Public Property;
Department of Licenses and Inspections;
Department of Records;
Department of Collections;
Department of Prisons; 30
Department of Planning and Development; 31
Department of Labor. 31.1
(e) The following independent boards and commissions, which, except for the Board of Trustees of the Free Library of Philadelphia, are hereby created: 32
Commission on Human Relations;
Board of Trustees of the Free Library of Philadelphia;
Board of Pensions and Retirement;
Civil Service Commission;
Philadelphia Tax Reform Commission and its Advisory Committee;
Board of Ethics; 33
Youth Commission; 34
Zoning Code Commission; 35
Jobs Commission; 36
Commission for Women; 37
Commission on Universal Pre-Kindergarten; 38 and
Commission on African-American Males. 39
(f) The following departmental boards and commissions, which are either created or placed, as the case may be, in the respective departments, as follows:
In the Department of Commerce:
Board of Trade and Conventions.
In the Department of Public Health:
Board of Health;
Air Pollution Control Board;
Board of Trustees of Philadelphia General Hospital;
Board of Trustees of Philadelphia Hospital for Contagious Diseases.
In the Department of Streets:
Board of Surveyors.
In the Department of Parks and Recreation: 40
Commission on Parks and Recreation;
Board of Trustees of American Flag House and Betsy Ross Memorial;
Board of Trustees of Atwater Kent Museum.
In the Department of Public Welfare: 41
Board of Trustees of Home for the Indigent.
In the Department of Public Property: 42
In the Department of Licenses and Inspections: 43
Board of Building Standards;
Board of License and Inspection Review.
In the Department of Collections:
Tax Review Board;
Sinking Fund Commission.
In the Department of Prisons: 44
Board of Trustees of Philadelphia Prisons.
In the Department of Planning and Development: 45
City Planning Commission;
Zoning Board of Adjustment;
Housing Advisory Board;
Philadelphia Community Reinvestment Commission.
In the Department of Labor: 45.1
The Board of Labor Standards.
(g) Such additional advisory boards as the Mayor may appoint. 46
Sources: The Administrative Code of 1929, Act of April 9, 1929, P.L. 177, Article II, as amended.
Purposes: 1. The framework of the executive and administrative branch of the City government is detailed in this section. It lists all the principal elected or appointed officers, and all departments, board and commissions. It makes provisions for a Cabinet, a committee thereof known as the Administrative Board, and department heads.
2. The elected City administrative officers are: a Mayor, of the strong-mayor type, who is undoubtedly the City's most important officer; a City Controller, traditionally an elected official in Pennsylvania, to audit expenditures of the City government; and a City Treasurer, because of constitutional compulsion, whose office is to become an appointive one when the Constitution and laws of the Commonwealth permit (Section 3-202).
3. The principal appointed officers include the Mayor's chief assistants: the Managing Director, who will supervise the service departments; the Director of Finance who will be the chief financial and budget officer; and the City Representative who will be the Mayor's ceremonial representative and the City's publicity chief. The Personnel Director, to be appointed by the Civil Service Commission, will be the city's personnel officer.
4. Departments are established on the basis of functions to be performed. Considerations prompting the departmentalization of functions are that functions grouped together be related to each other; that neither too few nor too many functions be placed in any one department; that the departments created embrace all fundamental municipal activities; and that problems of particular concern such as water, recreation, records and revenue collection, receive special attention through the creation of departments to deal specifically with them.
5. All but five boards and commissions have been connected, for the purposes of fiscal administration, with those departments to which their functions are most closely related. Such boards and commissions are denominated, departmental boards and commissions. The five that constitute exceptions, denominated independent boards and commissions, are boards whose activities are not closely related to any particular department or are of such importance as to merit independent status.
See Annotations to the following sections for the special relationships of the following departments, boards and commissions:
Board of Trustees of Camp Happy – Section 5-605;
See also Annotation to Section 8-403.
Law Department Note (2009): Department of Recreation and Fairmount Park Commission were reconstituted, and the Board of Trustees of Camp Happy was abolished, by amendment approved November 4, 2008. See Footnote to Section 3-905.
6. Only one advisory board, for the Department of Recreation, is expressly created, but provision is made for additional such boards as the Mayor may appoint.
Added by approval of the voters at the election held on November 3, 2015, and certified on November 23, 2015. See Bill No. 140721 (approved June 16, 2015); Resolution No. 140732-A (adopted June 11, 2015). See Charter subsection A-200(14) for effective date. Amended by approval of the voters at the election held on May 16, 2017, and certified on June 6, 2017. See Bill No. 160895-A (approved March 13, 2017); Resolution No. 170190 (adopted March 9, 2017). See Charter subsection A-200(15) for effective date.