City Administration and Finance

Although the City of Walsenburg is a Statutory City and has not voted for the Council-Manager form of government, it has by ordinance assigned the City Administrator the duties of a manager. The City Administrator does not set policy but carries out the policies of the City Council.

  1. The city administrator shall have the authority and responsibility to appoint all employees which appointments shall be made on the basis of each candidate’s ability, training and experience.

  2. The city administrator shall have the authority and responsibility to discipline employees pursuant to the city’s personnel manual, Colorado and federal law.  The term discipline shall include, but not be limited to, verbal reprimands, written reprimands, suspension with pay, suspension without pay and termination. 

  3. The city administrator shall manage and supervise all departments, agencies and offices of the CITY in such a manner as to achieve goals within available resources.

  4. The city administrator shall train, motivate and evaluate assigned staff.

  5. The city administrator shall plan and organize workloads, work schedules, and staff assignments to efficiently expedite work flow.

  6. The city administrator shall study and implement standardized work procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness of operations.

  7. The city administrator shall review and evaluate progress and direct changes as needed.

  8. The city administrator shall issue written and oral instructions, assign duties and examine work for exactness, neatness and conformance to policies and procedures.

  9. The city administrator shall maintain harmony among workers and resolve grievances pursuant to the city personnel manual.

  10. Departments.

    1. The city administrator shall coordinate activities among the various departments.

    2. The city administrator shall supervise and control all city departments and from time to time may recommend to the City Council those proposals the City Administrator deems advisable regarding the establishment, consolidation and abolition of city departments.

  11. Budget and Finance. 

    1. The city administrator shall prepare a proposed budget annually and shall submit the proposed budget to the City Council for adoption.  However, this sub-section shall not preclude the City Council from appointing a separate budget officer who shall be directly responsible to the city administrator.

    2. The city administrator shall be responsible for administration of the budget after its adoption.

    3. The city administrator shall prepare and submit to the City Council at the end of each fiscal year a report on the finances and administrative activities of the City for that fiscal year. 

    4. The city administrator shall make regular written or verbal reports to the City Council concerning the affairs of the city.  The City Council may require the city administrator to report on additional specific items from time to time.

    5. The city administrator shall keep the city council advised of the financial condition and future needs of the city and make such recommendations as the city administrator may deem necessary or expedient. 

    6. The city administrator shall assure that assigned areas of responsibilities are performed within the budget.

    7. The city administrator shall perform cost control activities, monitor revenues and expenditures in assigned areas to assure sound fiscal control.

    8. The city administrator shall assure the effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities and time.

    9. The city administrator shall establish and maintain an accurate system of accounting and auditing for the city.

  12. Development of Plans.

    1. The city administrator shall provide leadership and direction in the development of short and long-range plans.

    2. The city administrator shall gather, interpret and prepare data for studies, reports and recommendations.

    3. The city administrator shall provide professional advice to the City Council and department heads.

    4. The city administrator shall make presentations to the city council, civic groups, the general public and the various city boards, commissions and committees.

    5. The city administrator shall communicate official plans, policies and procedures to city employees and to the general public.

  13. Agreements.

    1. The city administrator shall enforce the terms and conditions imposed in favor of the city or its inhabitants in any contract or public utility franchise, and upon knowledge of any violation thereof report the same to the City Council for such action and proceedings as may be necessary to enforce the agreement.

  14. Purchasing.

    1. The city administrator shall act as the purchasing agent for the city and oversee the purchase of materials, supplies, services, and improvements required by the city pursuant to the city’s purchasing policy and state law.

    2. The city administrator shall refer all contracts for purchasing to the city council.

  15. Council Meetings.

    1. The city administrator shall attend all city council meetings and shall have the right to participate and advise the city council at the meetings.

  16. ​Other duties. 

    1. The city administrator shall perform such other duties as may be prescribed by city council approved motion, resolution or ordinance.