The City Manager is the chief executive officer and the head of the administrative branch of the city government.
The City Manager is responsible to the City Council for the proper administration of all affairs of the city and to that end he shall have power and shall be required to:
(1) Appoint and, when necessary for the good of the service, remove all officers and employees of the city except as otherwise provided by this Charter and except as he may authorize the head of a department or office to appoint and remove subordinates in such department or office, making appointments and promotions in the service of the city according to merit and fitness;
(2) Prepare the budget annually and submit it to the council and be responsible for its administration after adoption;
(3) Prepare and submit to the council as of the end of the fiscal year a complete report on the finances and administrative activities of the city for the preceding year;
(4) Keep the council advised of the financial condition and future needs of the city and make such recommendations as may seem to him desirable;
(5) Perform such other duties as may be prescribed by this Charter or required of him by the council, not inconsistent with this Charter.
The role of City Manager is designated in Article III of the City Charter. It has been a key part of the city's Council-Manager form of government since East Providence incorporated as a city.
In the 1990s, the charter was amended to establish minimum qualifications for the position. Including an MBA degree, MPA degree or equivalent as well as managerial experience.
Since 2003, there has been a steady string of short term City Managers as City Council seats shift hands, making the sitting manager's position untenable. Some have speculated that the position is no longer effective due to this practice.