City Manager


Sec. 2-131. – Creation of office.

The office of city manager is hereby created pursuant to the authority of this division. The city manager shall serve under the direction and supervision of the city commission.

(Ord. No. 0420, § 2(2-345), 11-19-2002)
Sec. 2-132. – Appointment.

(a) The city manager shall be appointed by a majority vote of the city commission for a term fixed by an employment agreement not to exceed three years. The city manager shall be chosen by the commission on the basis of education and administrative qualifications with preference for actual experience and knowledge.

(b) At the time of appointment, the city manager need not be a resident of the city or state, but, within 12 months of taking office, the city manager’s residence must be within the county.

(c) No city commissioner or elected city official may apply for or be appointed to the position during his term of office. No city commissioner or elected city official may be selected or otherwise appointed to the position of city manager until at least three years after the last expiration of his term of office.

(d) During the absence or disability of the city manager, the city commission may appoint some properly qualified person to temporarily execute the functions of the office.

(Ord. No. 0420, § 2(2-346), 11-19-2002)
Sec. 2-133. – Powers and duties.

(a) The city manager shall be responsible to the city commission for the implementation of the commission’s policies and procedures, and, to that end, his duties and responsibilities shall include:

(1) With the exception of the police department and city clerk’s office, manages and supervises departments, agencies and offices of the city to achieve goals within available resources; plans and organizes workloads and staff assignments; and trains, motivates and evaluates assigned staff.

(2) Provides leadership and direction in the development of shortterm and long range plans; gathers, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports and recommendations; and coordinates department activities with other departments and agencies as needed.

(3) Provides professional advice to the city commission and department heads; and makes presentations to committees, boards, commissions, civic groups, and to the general public.

(4) Communicates official plans, policies, and procedures of the city commission to the staff and general public.

(5) Assures that assigned areas of responsibility are performed within budget; performs cost control activities; monitors revenues and expenditures in assigned areas to assure sound fiscal control; prepares annual budget requests; and assures effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities, and time.

(6) Maintains community respect through good public relations; and meets with residents and citizens groups to discuss problems and complaints concerning city operations, and refers complaints to appropriate employees for action.

(7) Directs media relations activities.

(8) Is responsible for all personnel matters including selection, promotion, discharge, and discipline of employees, except for the police department and the city clerk’s office, where the city manager will assist the chief of police and city clerk with personnel matters.

(9) Supervises and directs the operations of all public works including city electrical, natural gas, water, and wastewater utilities.

(10) Supervises all expenditures, in conjunction with the city clerk, to insure that budget appropriations are not exceeded.

(11) Makes such other reports as the commission may require concerning the operations of city departments, offices, and agencies.

(12) Keeps the commission fully and continuously advised as to the financial condition and future needs of the city and makes recommendations to the city commission concerning the affairs of the city as he deems appropriate.

(13) Signs contracts on behalf of the city when approved by the city commission.

(14) Oversees the terms and conditions of all public utility franchises to insure that they are faithfully kept and performed and reports any violations of the terms and conditions of any utility franchise to the city commission and city attorney.

(15) Obtains competitive bids as prescribed by ordinance and state law.

(16) Is responsible for establishing dates for publication and dates of hearings, and prepares certain newspaper advertisements to fulfill legal obligations.

(17) Prepares and submits an annual budget to the city commission for consideration.

(b) The duties listed in subsection (a) of this section are intended only as illustrations of the various types of duties and responsibilities that may be performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. The powers and responsibilities of the city manager shall not usurp, conflict or interfere with the powers and responsibilities of the chief of police and the city clerk as provided under the Charter and this Code.

(Ord. No. 0420, § 2(2-347), 11-19-2002)

City Manager Contact Information
Drew Mullins, City Manager
209 North Thompson Street
Starke, FL 32091
Phone: (904) 368-1309
Fax: (904) 964-3998