As between the Council and the Mayor, who has supervisory authority over the department heads?
For example, the authority to hire and fire, set job duties, evaluate performance, etc? Answer: The council and the mayor, acting cooperatively. Hiring, for example. The mayor nominates each department head, and the council must approve. The mayor cannot appoint any department head without approval of council, since council sets the pay. If the council does not approve of the nomination, the mayors appointment fails. If the mayor does not appoint someone within 30 days of a vacancy, or within 30 days of taking office, he loses the right to nominate a candidate for the appointive office, and council makes the appointment. Evaluations of department heads must be done by Council, or by its designate, the City Administrator. Meanwhile department heads have full authority to discipline, suspend, and fire their employees, without interference by the mayor– only the council is to give confirmation if there is a question about it. After a department head is appointed by the Mayor, and accepte