CHARTER
CITY OF
DEFIANCE, OHIO
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Charter of the City of Defiance, Ohio, was approved by the voters on November 8, 1983. Dates appearing in parentheses following a section heading, if any, indicate that the section was amended or enacted on the date Given.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
ARTICLE I.   INCORPORATION, POWERS, FORM OF GOVERNMENT, GENERAL  PROVISIONS
Sec. 1.01   Name and Boundaries
Sec. 1.02   Form of Government
Sec. 1.03   Powers Granted
Sec. 1.04   Manner of Exercise of Powers
Sec. 1.05   Construction
Sec. 1.06   Amendment to Charter
Sec. 1.07   Charter Review
Sec. 1.08   Effect of Partial Invalidity
Sec. 1.09   Meetings Open to the Public
Sec. 1.10   Interpretation
Sec. 1.11   Removal from Office
 
ARTICLE II.   THE CITY COUNCIL
Sec. 2.01   Number, Selection, Term  (11-4-14)
Sec. 2.02   Qualifications (11-3-09)
Sec. 2.03   Organization
Sec. 2.04   Vacancies (11-4-14)
Sec. 2.05   Quorum
Sec. 2.06   President of Council and Duties  (11-4-14)
Sec. 2.07   Compensation (11-7-89; 11-5-19)
Sec. 2.08   Council Employees
Sec. 2.09   Rules and Journal of Council
Sec. 2.10   Meetings and Special Meetings
Sec. 2.11   Ordinances and Resolutions
Sec. 2.12   Powers of Council
 
ARTICLE III. MAYOR/ADMINISTRATOR
Sec. 3.01   Election and Term
Sec. 3.02   Qualifications
Sec. 3.03   Compensation  (11-5-19)
Sec. 3.04   Filling Vacancy
Sec. 3.05   Executive Powers
Sec. 3.06   Legislative Powers
Sec. 3.07   City Administrator
Sec. 3.08   Qualifications
 
ARTICLE IV. NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS
Sec. 4.01   Conduct of Elections
Sec. 4.02   Special Elections
Sec. 4.03   Outcome of Elections
Sec. 4.04   Petition Signature Requirements
Sec. 4.05   Appointments to Elective Office
 
ARTICLE V.   INITIATIVE, REFERENDUM AND RECALL
Sec. 5.01   Initiative
Sec. 5.02   Referendum
Sec. 5.03   Referral by Council to the Electors
Sec. 5.04   Removal from Office and Recall (11-3-09)
 
ARTICLE VI. DEPARTMENTS AND DIVISIONS
Sec. 6.01   Creation of Departments
Sec. 6.02   Department Heads
Sec. 6.03   Department of Finance
Sec. 6.04   Department of Law
Sec. 6.05(a)   Department of Service and Safety (11-8-94)
Sec. 6.05(b)   Selection of Police and Fire Chiefs and Assistant Chiefs (11-8-94)
Sec. 6.06   Sale of Municipally-Owned Utilities
 
ARTICLE VII. BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
Sec. 7.01   Civil Service Commission
Sec. 7.02   Planning Commission  (11-5-19)
Sec. 7.03   Board of Zoning and Building Appeals (11-7-89; 11-5-19)
Sec. 7.04   Human Relations Commission
Sec. 7.05   Parks and Recreation Board (11-8-94)
Sec. 7.06   Defiance Municipal Library Board
Sec. 7.07   Additional Boards and Commissions
 
ARTICLE VIII. TAXATION
Sec. 8.01   General
Sec. 8.02   Limitation on Tax Rate
Sec. 8.03   Limitation of Debt
 
ARTICLE IX.  TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS
Sec. 9.01   Transition Provisions and Effective Dates of Charter
Sec. 9.02   Continuation of Present Officials
Sec. 9.03   Continuance of Present Employees
Sec. 9.04   Effect of Charter on Existing Laws and Rights
Sec. 9.05   Transfer of Records and Property
CHARTER
CITY OF
DEFIANCE, OHIO