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The town manager shall be responsible to the council for the proper administration of all affairs of the town placed in his charge, and to that end he shall have the power and duties and be required to:

(a) Be responsible for the enforcement of the laws and ordinances of the town;

(b) Hire, discipline, transfer and remove town employees consistent with their status as at-will employees of the town;

(c) Make appointments on the basis of executive and administrative ability and of the training and experience of such appointees in the work which they are to perform;

(d) Cause a proposed budget to be prepared annually and submitted to the council and be responsible for the administration of the budget after its adoption;

(e) Prepare and submit to the council as of the end of the fiscal year a complete report on finances and administrative activities of the town for the preceding year and, upon request of the council, make written or verbal reports at any time concerning the affairs of the town under his supervision;

(f) Keep the council advised of the financial condition and future needs of the town and make such recommendations to the council for adoption as he may deem necessary or expedient;

(g) Exercise supervision and control over all executive and administrative departments, and recommend to the council any proposal he thinks advisable to establish, consolidate or abolish administrative departments;

(g.5) Be responsible for contracting and purchasing, within the limits of the budget, all supplies, materials, equipment and services required by any department, officer or agency of the town, and in such capacity the town manager shall serve as purchasing agent for the town unless another person is designated by council upon the recommendation of the town manager. (Ord. 7, Series 2002; Election 4-2-2002)

(h) Be responsible for the enforcement of all terms and conditions imposed in favor of the town in any contract or public utility franchise, and upon knowledge of any violation thereof, report the same to council for such action and proceedings as may be necessary to enforce the same;

(i) Attend council meetings and participate in discussions with the council in an advisory capacity;

(j) Establish a system of accounting and auditing for the town which shall reflect, in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, the financial condition and financial operation of the town;

(k) Provide for engineering, architectural, maintenance and construction services required by the town;

(l) Perform other such duties as may be prescribed by this charter or by ordinance or by other applicable law or required of him by council which are not inconsistent with this charter. (Ord. 5, Series 1992; Election 4-7-1992)