The City of Smithville's Secretary-Treasurer is getting a new title.
Hunter Hendrixson will be City Administrator with passage of an ordinance on second and final reading at the next meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen in April.
The aldermen approved the ordinance on first reading Monday night.
The ordinance defines the duties and responsibilities of the City Administrator, which are the same as Hendrixson is performing now as Secretary-Treasurer. City officials say he is not being given any more authority and his salary is not being increased by this action. "It does not give him any more authority than he has now. It does not give him a pay raise. Basically, it consolidates all of his titles under one. It does not make him a "City Manager". We don't have that form of government," said Alderman Shawn Jacobs.
The ordinance states as follows:
"Whereas, Section 3.01 of the Smithville Charter states that the board by ordinance may establish, abolish, merge, or consolidate offices, positions of employment, departments, and agencies of the city, may provide that the same person shall fill any number of offices and positions of employment, and may transfer or change the functions and duties of offices, positions of employment, departments, and agencies of the city; and
Whereas, Section 3.02 of the Smithville Charter states that the board may appoint create the position of city administrator to assist the Mayor with meeting the requirements in this section of the Smithville charter.
Be It Ordained by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen that:
The City Administrator position is hereby created and shall perform the following duties:
a. To see that all laws and ordinances, subject to enforcement by him or by officers subject to his direction, are enforced, and upon knowledge or information of any violation thereof to see that prosecutions are instituted.
b. To attend all board meetings and to have the right to take part in any discussions, but not to vote.
c. To prepare and submit an annual operating budget and an annual capital budget to the board prior to the beginning of the fiscal year.
d.To submit to the board a complete report on the financial condition of the city at the end of each fiscal year and at such other times as may be required by the board.
e.To make such other reports on the activities of the city as the city board may require or as he sees the need for and to make such recommendations as in his opinion, are necessary to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the city’s operations or as are needed for the overall good of the city.
f. To act as purchasing agent for the city, purchasing all materials, supplies, and equipment needed by the city in accordance with the state’s purchasing laws and procedures.
g. To perform other duties required by the City Charter or the city board in the duties of Treasurer which are stated in Section 3.05 and Recorder which are stated in section 3.04 of the Smithville charter.
h. To perform related tasks as required by the Mayor and board.
Section 2. The Mayor and Board of Aldermen hereby appoints Hunter Hendrixson as the City Administrator.
Section 3. This ordinance shall become effective upon final approval, the public welfare requiring it.