The Council shall appoint 3 persons, one for a term of 2 years, one for 4 years, and one for 6 years, who shall constitute the Civil Service Commission for the City of Ashtabula, the Ashtabula City School District, and the Ashtabula City Health District, provided that members of the existing Civil Service Commission shall continue in office for the term for which they have been appointed and until their successors are appointed and qualified. Each alternate year thereafter Council shall appoint one person as successor to the member whose term expires to serve 6 years and until his successor is appointed and qualified. A vacancy shall be filled by Council for the unexpired term. At the time of each appointment not more than 2 Commissioners shall be adherents of the same political party.
   The Council may at any time remove any Commissioner for inefficiency, neglect of duty, or malfeasance in office, having first given to such Commissioner a copy of the charges against him and an opportunity to be publicly heard in person or by counsel, in his own defense; and any such removal shall be final. The Civil Service of the City, and such Commission and all matters pertaining thereto, shall be governed by the general laws of the State applicable thereto.
(Amended 5-7-46)