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December 5, 2012

Council outlines city manager Long's role


During the meeting Tuesday night, Long gave a report that included references to work on some of the responsibilities. Many of the duties will fit with his "skill set’’ and draw on previous municipal experience, he said after the meeting, and he welcomed the agenda. "This is what I do,’’ Long said."I love challenges.’’

Long said he recently was notified of his designation from the International City/County Management Association as a credentialed manager. He is one of 20 local government managers in the state and 1,200 in the nation have the recognition through the ICMA Voluntary Program, he said.

The ICMA credential is based on factors including experience as a senior management executive in local government, education and a commitment to professional development.

According to the Oneonta City Charter, the city manager has the powers and duties listed below:

(1) Shall be the chief executive officer and chief administrative officer of the city and shall be responsible to the Common Council for the administration of all city affairs placed in the city manager's charge by or under this charter or by other applicable law.

(2) Shall have the primary responsibility for the daily administration of the city, including the supervision of all employees, coordination and delivery of services, and oversight of fiscal management.

(3) Shall appoint all department heads, officers and employees of the city except as provided otherwise in this charter or by applicable law, with the approval of the Common Council.

(4) Shall serve as the liaison between the heads of all departments and agencies of city government, and the mayor and Common Council.

(5) May suspend or remove any employee of the city as authorized by state law or pursuant to the terms of any applicable collective bargaining agreement.

(6) May suspend or remove any officer he appoints as authorized by state law or pursuant to the terms of any applicable collective bargaining agreement.

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