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General Administrator Information

Professional Administrator by Local Ordinance

This form of government is not specifically sanctioned by statute but is in use in a number of municipalities. It may be used in all but the manager form of government. It is not really a form of government, but rather a legislative device adopted by municipalities that seek a full-time administrator without the permanency of the manager form of government.

Under this system, a municipality creates by ordinance the office or employment of administrator and endows such an office or employment with certain administrative powers. The administrator may be made the administrative head of all departments and may be given any power not specifically granted to another person by statute.

The administrator may be appointed for a term or hired by contract, or his employment may be for an unspecified period. In any case, he may be removed like any other officer or employee subject to the payment of any valid remaining portion of this contract. This system of government allows for a full-time administrator to conduct the day-to-day operations of a community armed with as much or as little power as the corporate authorities may from time to time provide by ordinance.

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