When defendant city adopted the city-manager form of municipal government, it duly abolished by ordinance the board of police and fire commissioners and expressly assigned the board's powers and duties to the city manager. Among such powers was that of recommending salary decreases for firemen and policemen, without which recommendation a decrease by action of the council was invalid. After the abolition of the board of police and .fire commissioners, the council decreased the salary of plaintiff policeman without previous recommendation by the city manager. Plaintiff claimed that such action was invalid, and sued to recover the amount of the salary decrease. Held, that prior recommendation by the city manager was not necessary, since the power to recommend decreases was legislative and being such could not be assigned to the city manager, it being the intent of the legislature to make the city manager an administrative officer. Webb v. City of Beloit, 229 Wis. 51, 281 N. W. 662 (1938).
John H. Pickering,
MUNICIPAL CORPORATIONS - STATUS OF A CITY MANAGER - ARE HIS FUNCTIONS PRIMARILY EXECUTIVE OR LEGISLATIVE?,
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