Structure of Government
A Township is the oldest form of government in the United States, with decision-making power in the hands of elected supervisors. In Pennsylvania, there are two classes of Townships, first class and second class. The Township of North Fayette is classified as a second class township and operates under the Second Class Township Code as established by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Board of Supervisors
The Board of Supervisors serves as the elected governing body of the Township and is comprised of three members. The Supervisors are elected for terms of six (6) years.
In accordance with the Second Class Township Code, the Board of Supervisors is charged with the general governance of the Township, including the execution of legislative, executive and administrative powers in order to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the community.
The Board of Supervisors accomplishes its charge by adopting resolutions and ordinances. In addition, the Board appoints residents to advisory and special purpose boards and commissions to help oversee legislative activities and certain operational functions and services to the community.
To facilitate the day-to-day management of the Township, the Supervisors appoint the Township Manager, who serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of the Township. The Township Manager directly oversees the Department of Administration, and, with the assistance of the Management Team, is responsible for all Township staff, departments, and activities.
The Township's organization has five specialized departments, all headed by experienced career professionals selected by the Township Manager and Board of Supervisors on the basis of merit and ability to perform the required responsibilities. These departments provide an extensive array of services to Township residents and businesses.
Boards and Commissions
The Board of Supervisors appoints residents to various Boards and Commissions to assist with legal and legislative responsibilities. Many Boards and Commissions are created with specific decision-making authority on Township matters and/or to operate to meet specific requirements of Pennsylvania law. Each Board and Commission has a unique role and is served by volunteer residents of the Township.