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San Mateo City Charter.

3.04 Powers and Duties of the City Manager.

The city manager shall be the chief administrative officer of the city. The city manager shall be responsible to the council for the administration of all city affairs placed in his/her charge by or under this Charter. The city manager shall have the following powers and duties:

(a) To direct and supervise the administration of all departments, offices and agencies of the city, except as otherwise provided by this Charter or by law.

(b) To attend all council meetings, unless excused by the council or the mayor, and shall have the right to take part in discussion but may not vote.

(c) To see that all laws, provisions of this Charter and acts of the council, subject to enforcement by him/her or by officers subject to his/her direction and supervision, are faithfully executed.

(d) To prepare and submit the annual budget and capital program to the council.

(e) To submit to the council and make available to the public a report on the finances and administrative activities of the city as of the end of each fiscal year.

(f) To make such other reports as the council may require concerning the operations of city departments, offices and agencies subject to his/her direction and supervision.

(g) To keep the council fully advised as to the financial condition and future needs of the city and make such recommendations to the council concerning the affairs of the city as he/she deems desirable.

(h) To appoint such advisory boards as he/she may deem desirable to advise and assist him in his/her work, provided such boards shall not receive any compensation.

(i) At any time in his/her discretion, and with or without notice, examine or cause to be examined the conduct of any administrative officer or employee of the city.

(j) To perform such other duties as are specified in this Charter or may be required by the council.