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Article IV - Organization and Administration

4.1 Council Administration Relations
No member of City Council shall direct or request the appointment or removal of any person to or from the employment of the City, or in any manner take part in the appointment or removal of employees of the City, except for the City Manager, City Attorney, and municipal judges. Members of the City Council, except for the purpose of inquiry, shall deal with employees of the City solely through the City Manager, City Attorney, or Presiding Municipal Judge. No member of the City Council, either publicly or privately, shall give an order to any employee of the City. Any violation by a member of the City Council shall constitute misconduct and shall be punishable in a manner as determined by the other members of the City Council. (Amended November 5, 1991.)

4.2 City Clerk
The City Manager shall appoint a City Clerk to perform duties required by law and ordinance and such other duties as directed by the City Manager. (Amended November 5, 1991.)

4.3 City Treasurer
The City Manager shall appoint a City Treasurer to perform duties required by law and ordinance and such other duties as may be required by the City Manager. (Amended November 5, 1991.)

4.4 Administrative Departments
The administrative functions of the City will be performed within administrative departments that exist on the effective date of this Charter. The City Council may establish, alter, consolidate, or abolish administrative departments by ordinance. All administrative departments shall be under the supervision and control of the City Manager.

4.5 Boards and Commissions
(a) All City boards and commissions that exist on the effective date of this Charter shall continue until changed by ordinance. Except as otherwise provided in this Charter, the City Council may, as it deems necessary or desirable, establish, alter, consolidate, or abolish boards and commissions by ordinance. Such ordinance shall prescribe the duties and responsibilities of boards and commissions. Ad hoc advisory committees may be created or abolished by resolution or upon motion of the City Council.

(b) The City Council may provide compensation for service and reimbursement for expenses of members of boards, commissions, and ad hoc committees by ordinance.



4.6 City Attorney
(a) The City Council shall appoint a City Attorney who, at the time of appointment, shall be licensed to practice law in Colorado. The City Attorney shall serve at the pleasure of the City Council and at a compensation fixed by the City Council. The City Council may retain special counsel upon its own motion or upon the request of the City Attorney.

(b) The City Attorney shall be the chief legal counsel of the City and the legal advisor to the City Council, City Manager, all departments of the City and boards and commissions. The City Attorney shall perform such other duties as the City Council may direct.

(c) The City Attorney shall appoint, promote, suspend, transfer, and remove City employees of the office of the City Attorney in accordance with the provisions of the personnel merit system.


4.7 Personnel Merit System
(a) There is hereby established a personnel merit system for the employment, promotion, and evaluation of employees of the City which shall be based upon principles of merit. The City Council shall, by ordinance and within twelve months from the effective date of this Charter, adopt provisions consistent with this section.

(b) The personnel merit system ordinance shall include but not be limited to the following provisions:

(1) Procedures for employment and promotion based on merit;

(2) Procedures for reasonable probationary periods for employment and promotions;

(3) Procedures for the resolution of grievances of employees;

(4) Procedures for administrative appeal of disciplinary action, including discharge, taken against a non-probationary employee, which shall include notice, hearing, and the right to be represented; and

(5) A requirement that any disciplinary action taken against a non-probationary employee, including but not limited to suspension or discharge from employment, shall be for cause.

(c) All employees of the City shall be subject to the provisions of the personnel merit system except as follows: the City Manager; the City Attorney; the Court Administrator; municipal judges; and such other managerial, executive, and confidential employees of the City as identified in the personnel merit system ordinance, as it may from time to time be amended.


(d) All employees of the City shall be subject to the provisions of the personnel merit system except as follows: the City Manager; the City Attorney; the Court Administrator; municipal judges; and such other managerial, executive, and confidential employees of the City as identified in the personnel merit system ordinance, as it may from time to time be amended. (Amended November 5, 1991.) (Amended November 2, 1999.)