A. Procedure: The removal of the city manager shall be effected only by a majority vote of the whole city council as then constituted, convened in a regular council meeting, subject to the provisions of the next succeeding subsections. In case of his intended removal by the city council, the city manager shall be furnished with a written notice stating the city council’s intention to remove him, at least thirty (30) days before the effective date of his removal. If the city manager so requests, the city council shall provide in writing reasons for the intended removal, which shall be provided to the city manager within seven (7) days after the receipt of such request from the city manager.
B. Hearing: Within seven (7) days after the delivery to the city manager of such notice of intention to remove, he may, by written notification to the city recorder, request a hearing before the city council. Thereafter the city council shall fix a time for the hearing which shall be held at its usual meeting place, at which time the city manager may appear and be heard with or without counsel.
C. Suspension Pending Hearing: After furnishing the city manager with written notice of intended removal, the city council may suspend him from duty, but his compensation shall continue until his removal by action of the city council passed subsequent to the aforesaid hearing.
D. Discretion Of Council: In removing the city manager, the city council shall use its uncontrolled discretion, and its action shall be final and shall not depend upon any particular showing of cause or degree of proof at the hearing, the purpose of which is to allow the city manager to present to the city council his grounds of opposition to his removal prior to its action. (Ord. 1978-24, 6-15-1978; amd. 2003 Code)