The Executive Department provides for the centralized management of all Town functions. The Town Manager is the administrative head of the Town government and is responsible for ensuring that all operations effectively address the policy direction provided by the Town Commission in the most efficient and responsible manner. The Town Commission appoints the Town Manager and provides for general oversight. Article III of the Town of Surfside Charter provides a detailed explanation of the associated rights, responsibilities, and prohibitions
governing the Town Manager.
The powers and responsibilities of the Town Manager designated in the Town Charter include, among others:
- 1) appointment and removal of personnel not reserved to the Town Commission (boards, auditors, attorney),
- 2) prepares the annual budget, Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and monthly financial reports to keep the Town Commission advised of the Town’s financial condition,
- 3) provides oversight of all elements of financial and budgetary processing, control, and management, and
- 4) performs such other duties as may be required by the Town Commission not inconsistent with the Town Charter.
To assist the Town Manager in the personnel function, the Town operates its Human Resources function as an element of the Executive Department. All Human Resource issues are addressed in this element including personnel actions (hiring, evaluating, promoting, disciplining), benefits management (pension, health, dental, life insurance, and similar), employee morale programs, and collective bargaining.
To assist the Town Manager in communications, the Town publishes the highly visible The Gazette from the Executive Department. The Gazette is a publication which provides information on services, recent legislative action and special programs and events.
Beginning in FY 11/12 a new division was adopted within the Executive Department. The division is known as the Planning and Compliance Division. This division is responsible for code compliance, community development and planning and zoning functions.