The city manager shall be chosen by the council solely on the basis of his executive and administrative qualifications with special reference to his actual experience in, or his knowledge of, accepted practice in respect to the duties of his office as hereinafter set forth. At the time of his appointment, he may but need not be a resident of the municipality or state, but during his tenure of office he shall reside within the municipality.
The city manager shall be the head of the administrative branch of the municipal government. He shall be responsible to the council for the proper administration of all affairs of the municipality and, subject to the provisions of any civil service or merit system law applicable to such municipality and except as otherwise provided herein, he shall have power and shall be required to:
(1) Enforce all laws and ordinances;
(2) Appoint and, when necessary for the good of the service, remove all officers and employees of the municipality except as otherwise provided by this chapter and except as he may authorize the head of a department or office to appoint and remove subordinates in such department or office; provided that he shall not appoint or remove officers and employees of:
a. Any library board of the municipality;
b. Any board of the municipality having control over any park, recreation facility, fair or exhibit;
c. Any municipally owned public utility and any municipally owned service enterprise, including inter alia, electric, gas and water boards, agencies, etc.;
d. Any school board of the municipality;
e. Any hospital board of the municipality;
f. Any airport board of the municipality;
g. Any housing authority;
h. Any city plumbers or electricians boards;
i. Any planning board of the municipality;
j. Any zoning board of the municipality;
(3) Exercise administrative supervision and control over all officers, employees, offices, departments, boards and agencies created by this chapter or hereafter created by the council, except those enumerated in paragraphs a. to j. of subdivision (2) inclusive, set out above in this section, and except those otherwise given independent status; and subject to any civil service or merit system law in effect in such municipality;
(4) Keep the council fully advised as to the financial conditions and needs of the municipality; to prepare and submit a budget proposal annually to the council and be responsible for its administration after its adoption; to prepare and submit, as of the end of the fiscal year, a complete report on the financial and administrative activities of the municipality for such year;
(5) Recommend to the council such actions as he may deem desirable;
(6) Prepare and submit to the council such reports as may be required of him;
(7) Perform such other duties as may be prescribed by this chapter or required of him by ordinance or by resolution of the council not inconsistent with this chapter.
To perform his duties during his temporary absence or temporary disability, the manager may designate by letter filed with the city clerk a qualified administrative officer of the municipality. In the event of failure of the manager to make such designation, the council may by resolution appoint a qualified administrative officer of the municipality to perform the duties of the manager until he shall return or his disability shall cease.