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The City Manager is the Chief Administrative Officer of the City, and is responsible for planning, organizing and directing all administrative activities. The City Manager, in concert with department managers, works to develop all personnel; to continually evaluate the organizational structure of the City; implement programs to improve the community; and directs employee relations and personnel management. The City Manager makes recommendations to the City Council on program alternatives and makes sure programs adopted by the Council are implemented.

As the administrative head of the City Government, the City Manager is appointed by the Council to enforce municipal laws, direct the daily operations of the City, and prepare and observe the municipal budget. More specifically, the formal duties of the City Manager include (but are not limited to) the following:

o Appoint employees to the City pursuant to requirements set out in the ordinance establishing a merit system of appointment and employment.
o Direct and supervise the administration of all departments, offices and agencies of the City.
o Prepare annually, submit, and administer the budget, capital improvement plan and other plans and programs of the City as required by the Council.
o Keep the Council advised of the financial condition, current and future needs of the City.
o Enforce all City laws and ordinances.
o Prepare and submit reports to the Council concerning the needs and operations of City programs, departments, offices and agencies.

With questions or concerns, please contact the City Manager at rrickard@atascadero.org

The City Manager writes monthly articles that run in the Atascadero News, as well as frequent Newsletters that are emailed to anyone requesting to receive them.  Please see the Home page for current news updates.

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