Article 3: Officers of the City

Sec. 1. General provisions.

The council shall appoint as officers of the city the following: city manager, city treasurer, city clerk, city attorney and city auditor. The council shall set compensation for officers of the city who collectively shall be responsible to manage the affairs of the city, report directly to the council, serve at the pleasure of the council, and have the powers and perform the duties in this charter provided. Each officer of the city shall appoint and, when necessary, remove employees of their respective offices, as provided by city ordinances and formally adopted policies.

No councilman shall receive such appointment during the term for which he shall have been elected, nor within one year after the expiration of his term.

Officers of the city shall become residents of the city within six (6) months after the start of their employment.

Officers of the city shall be chosen by the council on the basis of qualifications with special reference to actual experience in, or knowledge of, the duties of the office as set forth in this charter.

It shall be the duty of each officer to perform all services required of their respective positions.

The council shall approve the appointment of acting officers in the event an officer is unable to perform the duties of the office, is suspended by the council, or if there is a vacancy in the office.

Sec. 2. The city manager.  

As the chief executive of the administrative branch of the city government, the city manager shall be responsible to the council for the proper administration of all affairs of the city, not otherwise assigned by this charter to another officer. To that end, subject to the provisions of this charter, the city manager shall have power and shall be required to:

  1. See that all ordinances are enforced and that the provisions of all franchises, leases, contracts, permits and privileges granted by the city are observed;
  2. Provide for the appointment and removal of employees of the city, except as otherwise provided by this charter.  The city manager may authorize a subordinate head of a department or office to appoint and remove employees in such department or office;
  3. Prepare annual budget estimates, in accordance with the provisions of Article 6, and submit them to the council and be responsible for the administration of the budget after adoption;
  4. Keep the council advised at all times of the affairs and needs of the city and make reports as required by the council;
  5. Supervise the purchasing for all departments of the city;
  6. Perform such other duties as may be prescribed by this charter or required by the council, not inconsistent with this charter.

Sec. 3. City clerk.

The city clerk shall give notice of all council meetings, keep the official record of the council’s proceedings, authenticate and record in full all ordinances and resolutions, and shall perform such other duties as shall be required by this charter or by ordinances. 

Sec. 4. City treasurer.

The city treasurer shall be the chief financial officer of the city, shall receive and have custody of all the money of the city and shall keep and save said money and dispense the same only as provided by law, and shall prepare the official financial and accounting records of the city.

The city treasurer shall issue monthly public financial statements to the council within fifteen (15) business days of the month end, except for reports at fiscal year end, which shall be prepared as directed by the council. The monthly financial statements shall include, but not be limited to, the actual, budgeted, and prior year comparisons of revenue and expenditures of each office, division and department, and any additional information required by ordinance.

Sec. 5. City attorney.

The city attorney shall be the chief legal advisor to the council and all offices, departments and agencies and all officers and employees in matters relating to their official powers and duties.

Sec. 6. City auditor.

The city auditor shall have the authority to conduct financial and performance audits and investigations of all activities of the city in accordance with applicable government auditing standards, and shall be provided free and open access, except as limited by law, to all city records, personnel, facilities and information necessary to carry out these duties.

Contact Information

City of Scottsdale - Mayor and City Council
3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Mayor's Office
P: 480-312-2433
F: 480-312-2738

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P: 480-312-2550
F: 480-312-7885

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