3.04.  MAYOR, VICE MAYOR AND ACTING MAYOR .
   (a)   MAYOR.
      At the first regular meeting of Council in each even-numbered year, Council shall elect one of its members as the Mayor for a two-year term of office. The Mayor shall:
      (1)   preside at all meetings of Council;
      (2)   perform ceremonial duties and functions as necessary;
      (3)   exercise all judicial powers and functions granted to mayors of municipal corporations by the laws of the State of Ohio and applicable court rules;
      (4)   have authority to appoint a magistrate, at the discretion of the Mayor and with the approval of Council, to hear and determine prosecutions of criminal cases subject to the laws of the State of Ohio;
      (5)   exercise military powers and functions granted to mayors of municipal corporations by the laws of the State of Ohio or the laws of the United States; and
      (6)   perform or exercise such other powers, duties and functions as provided by this Revised Charter and the Council Rules of Order, to the extent such Council Rules of Order are consistent with this Revised Charter.
   (b)   VICE MAYOR.
      At the first regular meeting of Council in each even-numbered year, Council shall elect one of its members as the Vice Mayor for a two-year term of office. The Vice Mayor shall serve as the president pro-tempore of Council.  In the event of a vacancy in the office of Mayor, the Vice Mayor shall succeed to the office of Mayor to serve for the remainder of the unexpired term and Council shall elect another of its members to the office of Vice Mayor to serve for the unexpired term of office. In the event of the temporary absence or disability of the Mayor, the Vice Mayor shall exercise all powers, duties and functions of the Mayor.
   (c)   ACTING MAYOR.
      In the event of the temporary absence of both the Mayor and Vice Mayor, the senior Council member, based on length of continuous elected service with the City, shall serve as the Acting Mayor. If two or more Council members have held the same length of continuous elected service with the City, then an Acting Mayor shall be chosen from among those two or more Council members by a vote of Council at the first regular meeting of Council in each even-numbered year.