City Manager's Office
The City Manager, Darrell George, is appointed by the City Council. The position is responsible for implementing the policies and directives of both the City Council and the Redevelopment Agency within the foundation of the City’s Mission Statement, including the initiation of all intergovernmental operations. The Manager also directs the various departments and services while providing guidance in the implementation of City Council mandates. The City Manager also represents the City with outside governmental agencies, presents an annual budget to the City Council, coordinates a variety of public information resources for both internal and public distribution, and is also the appointed City Treasurer, Executive Director/Secretary of the Redevelopment Agency, and Director of Public Safety. In addition, the City Manager is responsible for the long-range planning for the organization and the development of recommendations to the City Council on a variety of public policy issues.
Darrell George has been serving as the City Manager of Duarte since October of 2004. He has over 25 years of experience in local government. Prior to working in Duarte, he was the Director of Community Development for the Cites of Downey and Pomona and the City Planner for the City of Santa Monica.
Darrell earned his M.P.A. from University of Southern California and his B.A. from University of Massachusetts at Amehurst.
The City Manager, per the City Code shall be expected to, and shall have the power to perform the following, as stated in the Duarte Municipal Code 2.12.090
Powers and Duties of City Manager:
The city manager shall be the administrative head of the government of the city under the direction and control of the city council except as otherwise provided in this chapter. He shall be responsible for the efficient administration of all the affairs of the city which are under his control. In addition to his general powers as administrative head, and not as a limitation thereon, it shall be his duty and he shall have the powers set forth in the following subsections:
- LAW ENFORCEMENT. It shall be the duty of the city manager to enforce all laws and ordinances of the city and to see that all franchises, contracts, permits and privileges granted by the city council are faithfully observed. For the purpose of law enforcement, the city manager is hereby designated as director of public safety of the city. As such director, and without limiting the generality of the foregoing grant of power with respect to law enforcement, the city manager shall have the authority:
- To act pursuant to sections 41601 and 38791 of the Government Code of the state;
- To establish any and all public safety functions and necessary rules and regulations;
- To appoint peace officers pursuant to the provisions of Section 830 of the Penal Code;
- To issue weapons' permits pursuant to Section 12050 of the Penal Code; provided, that the exercise of this power shall be dependent upon adoption of a resolution by the city council authorizing such exercise;
- To issue indicia of authority, such as badges, identification, uniforms, or other insignia of peace officer status; and
- To perform any other such duties as may be assigned by the city council.
- AUTHORITY OVER EMPLOYEES. It shall be the duty of the city manager, and he shall have the authority to control, order and give directions to all heads of departments and to subordinate officers and employees of the city under his jurisdiction through their department heads.
- POWER OF APPOINTMENT AND REMOVAL. It shall be the duty of the city manager to, and he shall appoint, remove, promote and demote any and all officers and employees of the city, except the city attorney, the city clerk, and the city treasurer, subject to all applicable personnel ordinances, rules and regulations; provided, however, that any appointment of a department head shall be subject to concurrence by a majority vote of the city council.
- ADMINISTRATIVE REORGANIZATION OF OFFICES. It shall be the duty and responsibility of the city manager to conduct studies and effect such administrative reorganization of offices, positions or units under his direction as may be indicated in the interest of efficient, effective and economical conduct of the city's business; provided, however, that any major administrative reorganization at the department head level shall be subject to concurrence by a majority vote of the city council.
- ORDINANCES. It shall be the duty of the city manager and he shall recommend to the city council for adoption such measures and ordinances as he deems necessary.
- ATTENDANCE AT COUNCIL MEETINGS. It shall be the duty of the city manager to attend all meetings of the city council unless at his request he is excused therefrom by the mayor individually or the city council, except when his removal is under consideration.
- FINANCIAL REPORTS. It shall be the duty of the city manager to keep the city council at all times fully advised as to the financial condition and needs of the city.
- BUDGET. It shall be the duty of the city manager to prepare and submit the proposed annual budget and the proposed annual salary plan to the city council for its approval.
- EXPENDITURE CONTROL AND PURCHASING. It shall be the duty of the city manager to see that no expenditures shall be submitted or recommended to the city council except on approval of the city manager or his authorized representative. The city manager, or his authorized representative, shall be responsible for the purchase of all supplies for all the departments or divisions of the city.
- INVESTIGATIONS AND COMPLAINTS. It shall be the duty of the city manager to make investigations into the affairs of the city and any department or division thereof, and any contract or the proper performance of any obligations of the city. Further, it shall be the duty of the city manager to investigate all complaints in relation to matters concerning the administration of the city government and in regard to the service maintained by public utilities in the city.
- PUBLIC BUILDINGS. It shall be the duty of the city manager and he shall exercise general supervision over all public buildings, public parks, and all other public property which are, under the control and jurisdiction of the city council.
- ADDITIONAL DUTIES. It shall be the duty of the city manager to perform such other duties and exercise such other powers as may be delegated to him from time to time by ordinance or resolution or other official action of the city council.
(Ord. 622 §§ l, 2, 1987; Ord. 248 § l (part), 1969)
The City’s on-going public information efforts to enhance communications between the City and the community are managed through the Deputy City Manager/Public Information Officer, Karen Herrera. Other efforts include legislative support, marketing support for City departments, oversight of community outreach efforts, grant writing, serving as the City’s liaison with the news media, managing the content of the City’s website, and administration of various franchises agreements and public utilities including electricity, water, trash/recycling, and cable.
As part of the City’s communications program, the City publishes a quarterly newsletter, The “Duarte Community News” (make this a link to a listing of the newsletters) and ongoing press releases. These materials are designed to keep the community apprised of programs and services the City offers.