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Ch. 2-4 Mayor
Ch. 2-8 City Council and Wards of the City
Ch. 2-12 City Clerk
Ch. 2-14 Department of Administrative Hearings
Ch. 2-16 Animal Care and Control
Ch. 2-20 Department of Aviation
Ch. 2-21 Reserved
Ch. 2-22 Department of Buildings
Ch. 2-23 Reserved
Ch. 2-24 Reserved
Ch. 2-25 Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection
Ch. 2-26 Reserved
Ch. 2-28 Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Ch. 2-29 Office of Emergency Management and Communications
Ch. 2-30 Reserved
Ch. 2-32 Department of Finance
Ch. 2-36 Fire Department
Ch. 2-38 Reserved
Ch. 2-40 Citywide Language Access to Ensure the Effective Delivery of City Services
Ch. 2-44 Department of Housing
Ch. 2-45 Department of Planning and Development
Ch. 2-48 Reserved
Ch. 2-50 Department of Family and Support Services
Ch. 2-51 Department of Assets, Information, and Services
Ch. 2-52 Reserved
Ch. 2-53 City Council Office of Financial Analysis
Ch. 2-55 Reserved
Ch. 2-56 Office of Inspector General
Ch. 2-57 Reserved
Ch. 2-60 Department of Law
Ch. 2-64 Municipal Libraries
Ch. 2-68 Reserved
Ch. 2-70 Reserved
Ch. 2-72 Reserved
Ch. 2-74 Department of Human Resources
Ch. 2-76 Reserved
Ch. 2-78 Civilian Office of Police Accountability
Ch. 2-80 Reserved
Ch. 2-84 Department of Police
Ch. 2-92 Department of Procurement Services
Ch. 2-96 Office of Public Safety Administration
Ch. 2-100 Department of Streets and Sanitation
Ch. 2-102 Department of Transportation
Ch. 2-106 Department of Water Management
Ch. 2-108 Reserved
Ch. 2-112 Board of Health
Ch. 2-116 Zoning and Examination Boards
Ch. 2-120 Commissioners and Commissions
Ch. 2-124 Community Development Commission
Ch. 2-132 Reserved
Ch. 2-140 Public Building Commission
Ch. 2-148 Chicago Committee on Urban Opportunity
Ch. 2-150 Reserved
Ch. 2-151 Empowerment Zone / Enterprise Community Coordinating Council
Ch. 2-152 Officers and Employees
Ch. 2-154 Disclosure of Ownership Interest in Entities
Ch. 2-156 Governmental Ethics
Ch. 2-157 Large Lot Program
Ch. 2-158 Sale of Surplus Land
Ch. 2-159 Adjacent Neighbors Land Acquisition Program
Ch. 2-160 Human Rights
Ch. 2-164 Privatization – Transparency, Accountability and Performance
Ch. 2-165 Debt Transactions – Transparency, Accountability and Performance
Ch. 2-168 Chicago Fair Labor Practices
Ch. 2-172 Payment of Wages Other Than in Cash
Ch. 2-173 Welcoming City Ordinance
Ch. 2-176 Municipal Identification Card
Ch. 2-178 Prohibition on Participation in Registry Programs
2-4-010 Appointment powers and duties.
2-4-020 Supervisory authority – Administrative officer appointment, powers and duties.
2-4-030 Ordinance enforcement authority.
2-4-040 Signature of documents.
2-4-050 Mayor's secretary – Appointment, powers and duties.
2-4-055 Chief sustainability officer.
2-4-060 Chief Risk Officer.
2-4-070 Prisoner release authority.
2-4-080 Decorations on public buildings.
2-4-090 Observance of Flag Day.
2-4-110 Coordinator of emergency activities.
The mayor shall appoint, by and with the advice and consent of the city council, all officers of the city whose appointment is not otherwise provided by the laws of this state or the provisions of this code. Whenever a vacancy shall occur in any office which by law he is empowered to fill, the mayor shall, within 30 days after the occurrence of such vacancy, communicate to the city council the name of his appointee to such office.
(Prior code § 3-1)
The mayor shall supervise the conduct of all the officers of the city, and, as to all who are exempt from the provisions of the civil service act, he shall examine the grounds of all reasonable complaints made against any of them and cause their violation of duty and other offenses, if any, to be promptly punished.
The mayor shall appoint, with the consent of the city council, an officer to be known as the mayor's administrative officer who shall serve at the pleasure of the mayor. Such officer shall have had at least five years' experience in responsible government or private administrative positions as shall qualify him for the duties of the office.
The mayor's administrative officer, subject to the direction and control of the mayor, shall supervise the administrative management of all city departments, boards, commissions and other city agencies established by this code and the laws of this state.
In addition to such supervisory power, the mayor's administrative officer may, in respect to any or all agencies under his supervision, establish reporting procedures, require the submission of progress reports, provide for the coordination of the activities of such agencies, and shall perform such other administrative and executive functions as may be delegated by the mayor. He shall make periodic reports with such recommendations as he deems appropriate to the mayor concerning the administrative management of all departments, boards, commissions and agencies of the city.
If the mayor's administrative officer is dismissed, he may, within 30 days thereafter, report his objections to the dismissal in writing to the city council, which report shall be printed in the journal of proceedings of the city council for the meeting at which such report is submitted to the city council.
(Prior code § 3-2)
The mayor, in addition to the duties, powers and functions vested in him by statute as the chief executive officer of the city and those specifically vested in him by the provisions of this code, shall have authority to act, or to designate the officer who shall act, in the enforcement of any ordinance of the city in all cases where an ordinance fails to specify the officer who shall be charged with the duty of enforcement.
(Prior code § 3-3)
The mayor's signature shall appear on all licenses and permits granted by the authority of the city council except as otherwise provided by law or provision of this code. In all cases where this code requires that the signature of the mayor shall be attached to any license, permit, contract, local improvement bond, or other written instrument, and in all cases where said provisions require the mayor's approval in writing or endorsement in writing, the mayor may, in his discretion, affix his signature or cause his signature to be affixed in such manner as may be authorized by law.
(Prior code § 3-4)
The mayor may appoint a secretary, whose duty it shall be to preserve and keep in the mayor's office books and papers which are customarily filed, or are required by law to be filed, therein; to deliver to the city council and to the respective departments of the city all messages from the mayor in writing; to attend the mayor's office during the usual office hours; and to perform such other duties as may be required of him by the mayor.
(Prior code § 3-5)
(a) The Mayor may appoint an officer to be known as the chief sustainability officer, who shall serve at the pleasure of the Mayor.
(b) The chief sustainability officer shall have the following duties and responsibilities:
(1) To develop a coordinated and comprehensive environmental policy for the City of Chicago aimed at protecting and conserving the city's natural resources, to encourage and promote the continued beautification and long-term health of the city's streets, parkways, waterways, natural areas and shoreline for the benefit of all residents;
(2) To develop and coordinate the implementation of a comprehensive long-term sustainability plan for the city, consistent with the goals of the city's Climate Action Plan and environmental and energy efficiency policies as developed pursuant to this Section;
(3) To develop a coordinated and comprehensive energy policy for the City of Chicago to improve energy efficiency across the city and encourage innovation in the generation, distribution, conversion and consumption of energy;
(4) To encourage and conduct studies, investigations and research relating to the physical, chemical, engineering and meteorological aspects of environmental management, planning and mitigation, independently or in conjunction with other federal, state and local agencies and organizations, city departments and sister agencies, as he or she may deem advisable and necessary;
(5) To develop plans and proposals for joint cooperative investigation and research with public and private agencies and organizations on methods for reducing or eliminating land, air and water pollution;
(6) To advise, consult and cooperate with other agencies of the state and federal governments, and other governmental agencies to improve and advance environmental protection;
(7) To collect, publish and disseminate appropriate educational literature and other information to other city departments and sister agencies and to the public for the purpose of advising of the necessity, purpose and methods for land, air and water pollution reduction and prevention and to secure cooperation in reducing such pollution;
(8) To function as the city's central source for such research, literature, educational materials and other information regarding land, air and water pollution, energy efficiency and innovation, climate change, city-wide sustainability and environmental protection;
(9) To work cooperatively with all city departments and sister agencies to advance the environmental, climate, energy and sustainability goals of the city;
(10) To enter into grant agreements, cooperation agreements and other agreements or contracts with governmental entities, private business and civic and community groups to implement environmental enhancement and protection programs, and to enter into and execute all such other instruments and to perform any and all acts, including the allocation and expenditure of funds subject to appropriation therefor, as shall be necessary or advisable in connection with the implementation of such agreements, including any renewals thereto; and
(11) To develop policies and plans for waste reduction and expanded and improved recycling policies and programs throughout the city, and to review, on an annual basis, lists of recyclable materials and source reduction measures.
(c) All city departments and, to the extent permitted by law, sister agencies shall work cooperatively with the chief sustainability officer to advance the environmental, climate, energy and sustainability goals of the city.
(Added Coun. J. 11-16-11, p. 13798, Art. II, § 1)
(a) The Mayor may appoint an officer to be known as the Chief Risk Officer, who shall serve at the pleasure of the Mayor.
(b) If appointed, the Chief Risk Officer shall have the following powers and duties:
(1) To develop and maintain a comprehensive risk management strategy for the City of Chicago to protect the assets, operations, and employees of the City, and to review such risk management strategy and make adjustments as necessary;
(2) To identify and evaluate potential areas of risk exposure for City departments, employees, contractors, and agents, and conduct risk management reviews which may include, but are not limited to, investigations, regular physical inspections of facilities, analyses of losses incurred, personal contact with governmental officers and employees, and review of data and records upon request;
(3) To assist all City departments and Sister Agencies in developing a management plan for identifying, achieving, and maintaining acceptable loss levels and for treating and financing exposure to such loss. Such plan may include recommendations for insurance coverage;
(4) To identify and recommend modifications to any City operation or facility that represents an actual or potential hazard to City employees or to the public, and to advise City departments in implementing such modifications;
(5) To engage with public and private agencies and organizations and conduct joint investigation into and research on methods for identifying areas of risk exposure, methods of risk avoidance and reduction, and methods for addressing exposure that cannot be avoided or reduced;
(6) To enter into grant agreements, cooperation agreements, and other agreements with governmental entities, civic and community groups, and other persons to effectuate the powers and duties of this section, and to enter into and execute all such other instruments and to perform any and all acts, including the allocation and expenditure of funds subject to appropriation therefor, as shall be necessary or advisable in connection with the implementation of such agreements, including any renewals thereto; and
(7) To perform such other duties related to risk management as may be required by the Mayor and to undertake any and all acts the Chief Risk Officer deems necessary to mitigate risk and advance the risk management goals of the City.
(c) The Commissioner of Assets, Information, and Services shall consult and work in coordination with the Chief Risk Officer to advance the goals of the City set forth in Section 2-51-050(a)(41).
(d) The Risk Manager and the Office of Risk Management shall consult and work in coordination with the Chief Risk Officer to advance the risk management goals of the City.
(e) All City departments and, to the extent permitted by law, Sister Agencies shall cooperate with the requests, recommendations, and directions of the Chief Risk Officer to advance their respective risk management goals.
(Added Coun. J. 11-26-19, p. 11390, Art. IV, § 1)
Editor’s note – Coun. J. 11-16-11, p. 13798, Art. I, § 2, repealed former § 2-4-060, which pertained to contracts for release of claims.
The mayor shall have the power and authority to release and discharge, at his discretion, any person imprisoned for the violation of any provision of this code. In each and every case in which such release shall be so made by the mayor he shall cause a proper record thereof to be made and a notice thereof, together with a statement setting out his reasons for such release, to be sent to the city council.
(Prior code § 3-7)
The mayor shall have the power and authority to display flags or other decorations on, in, or about the city hall or other public buildings belonging to the city, on such occasions as he may deem proper.
(Prior code § 3-8)
On or before the tenth day of June, annually, the mayor shall issue a proclamation requesting the observance of the anniversary of the adoption of the flag of the United States by a general display of the national emblem on the fourteenth day of June, and requesting the observance of such anniversary in such other manner as he may deem appropriate.
(Prior code § 3-9)
Editor's note – Coun. J. 10-3-01, p. 68130, § 1, repealed § 2-4-100, which pertained to city newspapers furnished to mayor.
The mayor shall be ex officio coordinator of activities in cases of emergency resulting from any explosion, fire, flood, riot, storm or other cause requiring concerted measures for the maintenance of public peace and order, the preservation of life and property and the relief of suffering, or for any of these purposes. He shall formulate, and, as occasion therefor arises, he shall execute plans for the prevention of such emergencies so far as possible and for meeting them effectively when they arise. Obedience to his orders in executing such plans and meeting such emergencies is obligatory upon all departments and heads of departments and upon all other officers and employees of the City of Chicago.
(Prior code § 3-11; Amend Coun. J. 12-4-02, p. 99026, § 8.3)