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A. Council Determination: The city council shall have absolute and exclusive power to determine and limit the number of police officers and members to comprise the police force, to reduce the number of the police force at any time, and to divide the police membership into two (2) lists, one an active list, of persons who shall be actually employed and receive pay while so employed, and one an eligible list, of persons who shall not receive pay while not actually employed as an officer or member.
B. Membership On Lists: Officers or members of the active list, temporarily relieved from duty, shall become members of the eligible list without pay and shall be first entitled to reinstatement in the active list, in case of vacancy, according to their seniority in the service, and all others on the eligible list shall be entitled to fill a vacancy in the order of their appointment.
C. Number Of Members On Eligible List Limited: In no event shall there be any officers or members placed on the eligible list, except in case of temporary reduction of the police force, when the number already on the eligible list shall equal in number twenty percent (20%) of the active list. (Ord. 2.20)