Town Manager – Stewart Bender

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Indiana Code Generally Defines the Duties of a Town Manager

The Town Manager is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Town Council. The Town Manager:

  • shall attend the meetings of the legislative body and recommend actions the manager considers advisable;
  • shall hire town employees according to the pay schedules and standards fixed by the legislative body or by statute;
  • shall suspend, discharge, remove, or transfer town employees, if necessary, for the welfare of the town;
  • may delegate any of the manager’s powers to an employee responsible to the manager;
  • shall administer and enforce all ordinances, orders, and resolutions of the legislative body;
  • shall see that all statutes that are required to be administered by the legislative body or a town officer subject to the control of the legislative body are faithfully administered;
  • shall prepare budget estimates and submit them to the legislative body when required;
  • shall execute contracts on behalf of the town for materials, supplies, services, or improvements, after the completion of the appropriations, notice, and competitive bidding required by statute; and
  • may receive service of summons on behalf of the town.

Town Ordinance Further Defines the Duties of the Town Manager

  1. Attend the meetings of the Town Council, the Economic Development Commission, and all other Boards deemed by the Town Council to be necessary for the efficient operation and planning of the Town of Topeka and such other meetings as requested or required by the Topeka Town Council.
  2. Hire all town employees to fill positions authorized by the Town Council in accordance with pay schedule standards fixed by the Town Council or be statute;
  3. Except for Topeka Town Marshal Department personnel, and subject to the final approval of the Town Council, suspend, supervise, direct, remove, or transfer town employee
  4. Administer the execution of all orders, ordinances and resolutions of the Town and Town Council, and see to the enforcement of laws of the state that are required to be enforced through the Town Council or other Town officials, subject to the control of the Town Council;
  5. Assist the Clerk-Treasurer in preparing budget estimates and submit them to the Town Council when required;
  6. Recommend to the Town Council adoption of such measures which are deemed necessary or useful to the health, safety, and welfare of the community or the improvement of administration or delivery of services;
  7. Supervise the purchase of all materials, supplies and equipment in accordance with Town ordinances and State statute;
  8. Receive service of summons on behalf of the Town;
  9. Execute contracts on behalf of the Town for materials, supplies, services or improvements, after completion of the appropriation, notice, and competitive bidding required by stature;
  10. Appoint and remove heads of departments, subject to the advice, consent and final authority of the Town Council; and
  11. Present to the Board the monthly reports of each of the Town departments for which he is responsible;
  12. Perform such other duties as may be required by the Town Council, not inconsistent with ordinance, statute, or state law.
Stewart Bender

Stewart Bender

Town Manager

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