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Each member of the Council immediately prior to his election or appointment shall have been, and during his term of office shall continue to be, a qualified elector of the City of Ashtabula, Ohio, and shall continue to have the qualifications of an elector therein. A member from a ward shall reside in his ward immediately prior to his election or appointment, and removal of a ward member from his ward during his term of office shall work as a forfeiture of his office. Each member of Ashtabula’s City Council shall not hold any other public office, except that of a notary public or member of the State militia, and shall not be interested in any contract with the City of Ashtabula, and no such member may hold employment with the City of Ashtabula.
The City Council of Ashtabula shall be the judge of the election and qualifications of its members, reviewable by the courts. Council members may be removed from office in the manner and for the causes provided by general law for the removal of public officers.