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San Mateo City Charter.

4.06 Administrative Employees. Appointment and Removal.

Except as may otherwise be provided in this Charter or in ordinances relating to personnel approved by vote of the people, all administrative officers and employees shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the city manager. With the consent of the city council the city manager may authorize any administrative officer to exercise these powers with respect to subordinates in that officer's department.