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Article 4
Article IV. Administration Offices And Departments
Sec. 4.01. City Manager.
    (a)  The city council shall appoint and retain a city manager to serve as the chief administrative officer of the City. The council shall set the compensation to be paid to the city manager. The city manager serves at the pleasure of the city council and shall be subject to dismissal by the city council, with or without cause.
    (b)  The city manager shall exercise the administrative powers granted herein or by ordinance. In particular, the city manager has the following powers and duties:
        (1)  To establish, organize, and abolish City departments or administrative units not otherwise provided for by the Charter and to assign the duties thereof;
        (2)  To adopt, modify, and administer personnel policies for City employees;
        (3)  To hire, promote, transfer, demote, terminate, discipline, and take other administrative actions involving the employment of City employees;
        (4)  To establish and adjust salaries and compensation for all employees not appointed by the city council in accordance with a compensation plan approved by the city council;
        (5)  To annually prepare and recommend to the city council a budget and to administer the adopted budget;
        (6)  To make regular reports to the city council on City operations;
        (7)  To prepare and accept items for the agenda of the meetings of the city council in accordance with rules adopted by the city council; and
        (8)  To attend and take part in discussions of all open meetings of the city council.

(Ordinance No. 1178, § 1, 6-15-99)

Sec. 4.02. City Secretary.
The city manager shall, with the City Council’s consent, appoint a city secretary who shall serve at the pleasure of the city manager and may, with the City Council’s consent, be dismissed by the city manager, with or without cause.

(Ordinance No. 1820, § 1, 5-24-2011)

The city secretary shall give notice of council meetings, shall keep the minutes of the meetings, shall authenticate by signature all ordinances and resolutions, and shall keep the corporate seal and affix the same to documents and certificates as may be required.

(Ordinance No. 1178, § 1, 6-15-99)

Sec. 4.03. City Attorney.
The city manager shall, with the City Council’s consent, appoint a city attorney who shall serve at the pleasure of the city manager and may, with the City Council’s consent, be dismissed by the city manager, with or without cause.  The city attorney will exercise independent professional judgment in providing legal services to the city.

(Ordinance No. 1820, § 1, 5-24-2011)

The city attorney shall have been licensed to practice law in this state for at least five (5) years immediately preceding the appointment.

(Ordinance No. 1178, § 1, 6-15-99)

Sec. 4.04. Police Department.

There shall be established and maintained a police department to preserve order within the city and to secure the residents of the city from violence and the property therein from injury or loss. The city manager shall appoint a police chief to administer the department, who shall serve at the pleasure of the city manager and be subject to dismissal by the city manager, with or without cause.

(Ordinance No. 1178, § 1, 6-15-99)

Sec. 4.05. Fire Department.

There shall be maintained a fire department to provide protection against fires and other disasters. The city manager shall appoint a fire chief to administer the department, who shall serve at the pleasure of the city manager and be subject to dismissal by the city manager, with or without cause.

(Ordinance No. 1178, § 1, 6-15-99)

Sec. 4.06. Municipal Court.

    (a)  There shall be a court known as the Municipal Court of Sugar Land, with such jurisdiction, powers, and duties as are given and prescribed by State law.
    (b)  The city council shall appoint a municipal court judge and one or more associate judges to serve when the presiding judge is unavailable for unable to serve. The presiding and associate judges shall serve two (2) year terms, but may be dismissed by the city council at any time, with or without cause. The judge and associate judges shall be licensed to practice law in this State.
    (c)  The city manager shall appoint a municipal clerk who shall serve at the pleasure of the city manager and be subject to dismissal by the city manager, with or without cause. The clerk shall have the power to administer oaths and affidavits, make certificates, fix the seal of the court thereto, and otherwise perform any and all acts necessary in issuing process of such court and conducting the business thereof.

(Ordinance No. 1178, § 1, 6-15-99)

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