The second change is a proposed residency requirement that would mean that senior City staff had to live in (or near) Takoma Park and is meant to strengthen the sense of community between the City staff and residents. The downside of such a change is that it could be harder to attract exceptional applicants (because its expensive to live here) or could increase staff costs in order to attract them. Another downside is that while Councilmembers are elected and thus should be very accessible much of the time to constituents, city staff are not, and there is value in being able to go home to your neighborhood and not still feel like you are 'on duty.' I'd be happy to get any comments on this between now and the meeting on the 30th, when this proposal (or an amended version) will be open for public comment.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF TAKOMA PARK, MARYLAND, that, effective immediately, Chapter 2.08 of the Takoma
Park Code is hereby amended as follows:
2.08.010 Appointment and duties of City Manager.
The Council shall appoint a City Manager, who shall be responsible for the proper administration of all day-to-day affairs of the City. The City Manager shall be vested with the powers and authority necessary to perform such duties, except where they may be inconsistent with other provisions of the Charter or this Code. The City Manager shall manage the departments of the City, through the department heads, to enforce the laws of the City. In addition, the City Manager shall perform such other duties as the Council may lawfully require. (Ord. 2004-3 (part), 2004) Article 2. Department Heads
2.08.020 Power of appointment.
With the advice and consent of the Council, the City Manager shall have the power to appoint all department heads. Council ratification of each proposed department-head or deputy city manager appointment, by affirmative vote of the council, shall be required. The City Manager shall have the power to suspend and remove all department heads at his or her sole discretion. The City Manager is authorized to negotiate and finalize all terms of employment with department heads and other appointed City officials. (Ord. 2004-3 (part), 2004)
2.08.030 Designation of department heads.
The City Manager may establish such department head positions as the City Manager deems necessary to manage the functions of the City government. The department heads may include:
A. Library Director. The Library Director shall have overall responsibility for the general operation of the library. The Library Director shall plan, coordinate and direct library services for the City.
B. Public Works Director. The Public Works Director shall have general charge of all public works done in the City. The Public Works Director shall plan, direct, supervise, and coordinate activities in such areas as infrastructure, building and vehicle maintenance, construction, park and street maintenance, refuse collection and disposal, recycling, trees and vegetation and stormwater management.
C. Police Chief. The Police Chief shall arrange all activities and programs of the Police Department and shall be responsible for law enforcement in the City.
D. Director of Recreation. The Director of Recreation shall plan, promote and administer recreation programs for the City.
E. Director of Economic and Community Development. The Director of Economic and Community Development shall manage the City’s community and economic development and housing service functions. These functions include planning, historic preservation, development, enforcement of laws relating to landlord-tenant matters, housing code enforcement, and code enforcement, generally. (Ord. 2004-3 (part), 2004)
2.08.040 Residency requirement.
Effective September 1, 2012 all department heads, including the City Manager and Deputy City Manager, hired on or after August 15, 2012 will be required to live within the City limits unless this requirement is waived or modified by the Council on a case by case basis.