Role of the Village Manager
The Village Manager is appointed by the Village Board of Trustees. The Village Manager shall be the Chief Administrative Officer of Village government operations and is responsible to the Mayor and Board of Trustees for the administration of all Village affairs placed in the Manager's charge. He shall have and exercise the administrative powers of the Village, including the appointment and dismissal of all the Village employees, except the Corporation Counsel and Village Clerk/Treasurer.
The Village Manager is responsible for seeing to the execution and enforcement of the ordinances and other enactments of the Board of Trustees, as well as federal, state and county laws and regulations applicable to the Village. He shall oversee the fulfillment of provisions of franchises, licenses, permits and privileges granted to the Village, and contracts to which it is a party, and to recommend appropriate remedial action to the Board of Trustees in the event that commitments are not fulfilled. The Village Manger shall also propose to the Board of Trustees such legislative and policy measures as he deems necessary for the health, safety and welfare of the community and that will improve the effectiveness, efficiency and services provided by the Village government or reduce its costs.
The Village Manager shall also be the Chief Fiscal Officer of the Village and propose an annual budget estimate, capital improvement program and recommendations for financing them. He shall have and exercise all other powers and duties of a Village budget officer as prescribed by law and control expenditures within the amounts appropriated by the Board of Trustees by enforcing appropriate administrative controls. He shall report and interpret the financial condition of the Village to the Board of Trustees regularly and to initiate or recommend such actions as may be necessary to avoid incurring a deficit.
Bio of Christopher D. Steers, Village Manager
Mr. Steers came to Port Chester in 2009 as Code Enforcement Director. Since that time he has served the community in multiple capacities as Code Enforcement Director, Building Inspector, Assistant Village Manager, and acting Village Manager. He obtained a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University; and Bachelor of Arts in General Studies & Sociology from the University of Miami. Mr. Steers also has multiple certifications including NYS certification as a Code Enforcement Official, national certifications from FEMA, and a national certification as a Floodplain Manager.
As Village Manager Mr. Steers brings over nineteen (19) years of public sector experience to the Village. Over his career he has professionally served multiple communities in two states including: serving St. Lucie County, Florida as Assistant County Administrator; and two prominent emerging South Florida cities; serving as Assistant City Manager for the City of Miami Gardens, and Code Enforcement and Licensing Director for the City of Sunny Isles Beach: as well as working for Miami Dade County as a Neighborhood Compliance Supervisor and Animal Control Investigator. He has had the opportunity to be directly responsible for the creation and/or management of several different municipal departments including: Growth Management, Economic Development and Tourism, Community Services, Public Safety, St. Lucie International Airport
(general aviation), Solid Waste, Utilities, Veteran’s Affairs, Public Safety (including St. Lucie County’s regional EOC), Information & Technology, Building, Planning, Zoning, Code Enforcement, Community Development, Public Works, and Parks and Recreation.
Mr. Steers and his family emigrated from Jamaica to New York in 1971. He grew up in Brooklyn and Queens and later moved to Florida. Mr. Steers became a naturalized citizen and is proud to have his children Sofia, Krystal, and Emilio be born American Citizens. Mr. Steers is lovingly supported in his role as Village Manager by his wife of over 20 years, Maria-Fe Steers.