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(a) The Mayor may, by writing filed with the Clerk of Council on the day he assumes his office, designate the order of succession to his office. In the event of one or more occurrences identified in Item 6(c) below. Such designation shall include the Director of Public Service, Finance, Recreation and Community Services, Public Safety and Law and may be altered by writing filed with the Clerk of Council, who shall keep any such designation on file in the office of the Clerk of Council.
(b) In the event that the Mayor fails to file the designation provided in Item 6(a), the Director of Public Service shall, as Acting Mayor, perform the duties of Mayor under the circumstances described in Item 6(c); and should, in such event, the Director of Public Service be unable for any cause to serve as Acting Mayor, the Director of Finance, the Director of Recreation and Community Services, the Director of Public Safety or the Director of Law shall serve as Acting Mayor, in the order named.
(c) In the event of death or resignation of the Mayor, or his removal from office or ceasing to be a resident of the City, or for those periods in which he may be unable to perform the duties of the office of the Mayor, by reason of temporary absence from the City, temporary disability, or disability lasting more than sixty (60) consecutive days, the Director designated by the Mayor pursuant to Item 6(a) above, or if no designation has been made by the Mayor, the Director identified in Item 6(b) above, shall serve as Mayor until the Mayor recommences to perform the duties of his office, or until the next regular councilmanic election which, under such circumstances, shall also require a Mayoral election.
In the event that the Mayor remains unable to perform the duties of his office for a period of time exceeding sixty (60) days and no Director is then willing and able to serve as Acting Mayor as provided hereinabove, the Council shall, within sixty (60) days thereafter, elect an Acting Mayor from within or without its own body who shall meet the requirements of Item 2(c) and (d) hereinabove and shall serve as Mayor until the next regular councilmanic election which, under such circumstances, shall also require a Mayoral election. If a vacancy is thereby created in Council, such vacancy shall be filled in the manner provided in Section IV, Item 3.
(d) Any officer serving as Acting Mayor pursuant to Item 6(c) above, other than service as Acting Mayor due to the temporary absence or temporary disability of the Mayor, shall then no longer serve or continue to perform the duties of the office to which such officer was initially elected or appointed.