City of Sweeny, Texas

CITY CHARTER

 

ARTICLE V. ADMINISTRATIVE ORGANIZATION

Sec. 5.01. The City Manager.

The City Council shall appoint a City Manager, who shall be the chief administrative and executive officer of the City. The City Manager shall be chosen by the City Council solely on the basis of his or her executive and administrative training, experience, and ability, and need not, when appointed, be a resident of the City; however, during the tenure of said City Manager's office, he or she shall reside within the City.

The City Manager shall not be appointed for a definite term, but may be removed at the will and pleasure of the City Council by the vote of a majority of all City Council members qualified and serving. The action of the City Council in removing the City Manager shall be final, it being the intention of this Charter to vest all authority and fix all responsibility for such removal in the City Council. The City Manager shall receive such compensation as may be fixed by the City Council.

No member of the City Council shall, during the time for which he or she is elected or for two years thereafter, be chosen as City Manager.

Sec. 5.02. Powers and Duties of the City Manager.

The City Manager shall be responsible to the City Council for the proper administration of all the affairs of the City. The powers herein conferred upon the City Manager shall include, but shall not be limited to, the following:

(a) To appoint and remove any officer or employee of the City except those officers and employees whose appointment or election is otherwise provided for by Law or this Charter; and

(b) To perform such other duties as may be prescribed by this Charter or required by the City Council, not inconsistent with the provisions of this Charter.

Sec. 5.03. Administrative Departments.

There shall be such administrative departments as are established by this Charter and as may be established by ordinance, all of which shall be under the control and direction of the City Manager. The City Council may abolish or combine one or more departments created by it, and by ordinance may assign or transfer duties of any departments of the City from one department to another.

Sec. 5.04. Directors of Departments.

At the head of each department there shall be a Director who shall be appointed, and who may be removed, by the City Manager. Such directors shall have supervision and control over their respective departments and may serve as chiefs of divisions within their respective departments. Two or more departments may be headed by the same individual, and the City Manager may head one or more departments.

Sec. 5.05. Departmental Organization.

The work of each department shall be distributed among such divisions as may be established by ordinance. Pending passage of ordinances establishing department divisions, the City Manager may establish temporary divisions in any department.

Sec. 5.06. City Attorney.

The City Council shall appoint a City Attorney, who shall be a competent attorney licensed to practice Law in the State of Texas. The City Attorney shall represent the City in all litigation and legal proceedings. He or she shall be the legal adviser of, and attorney and counsel for, the City and for all of the offices and departments thereof. The City Council may retain special counsel at any time it deems the same appropriate and necessary.