The Business Administrator (BA) functions much like a "chief operating officer" under the Mayor and heads the Department of Administration and all other departments and divisions within the Township. The Office of Administration runs the day-to-day operations of the Township.
The Business Administrator, under the direction and supervision of the Mayor, shall:
- Assist in the preparation of the budget;
- Administer a centralized purchasing system;
- Responsible for the development and administration of a sound personnel system;
- Perform such other duties as council may prescribe;
- The governing body of the municipality may provide, by ordinance, that the Business Administrator also shall have the power to investigate the organization and operation of any and all departments, to prescribe standards and rules of all departments, to prescribe standards and rules of administrative practice and procedure, and to consult with the heads of the departments under his jurisdiction, provided that with respect to any department of law or department of audit, accounts or control, the authority of Business Administrator or under this subsection shall extend only to matter of budgeting, personnel and purchasing.
The head of the Division of Finance is the Chief Financial Officer. The responsibilities of the Division of Finance include, but are not limited to the following:
- Maintain the central books of accounts to the township.
- Enforce a uniform system of accounts for all departments of the township.
- Preaudit all payrolls claims and demands.
- Maintain a central payroll system.
- Control all expenditures to assure that budget appropriations are not exceeded.
- Deposit all funds received and have custody of investments in accordance with cash management plan.
- Prepare financial and debt statements.