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(A) Election. The Village President shall be elected at a general election for a four-year term and shall serve until his or her successor is elected and qualified as is provided by statute. An election shall be held every four years.
(B) Duties. The Village President shall be President of the Board of Trustees and shall preside at all meetings of the Board and, except as otherwise provided by statute, shall have the powers and perform the duties of chief executive officer of the village and shall devote to the duties of his or her office whatever time the faithful discharge thereof may require.
(C) Appointment of officers.
(1) The President, by and with the advice and consent of the Board of Trustees, shall appoint:
(a) An Administrator;
(b) A Director of Public Works;
(c) A Chief of Police; and
(d) Other officers as may be necessary to carry into effect the powers conferred upon villages.
(2) Any officer of the village may resign from his or her office. If the officer resigns, he or she shall continue in office and continue to perform the duties thereof until his or her successor has been chosen and has qualified. If there is a failure to appoint a village officer or the person appointed fails to qualify, the person filling the office shall continue in office and shall continue to perform the duties thereof until his or her successor has been chosen and has qualified.
(D) Designation of officer’s duties. Whenever there is a dispute as to the respective duties or powers of any appointed officer of the village, this dispute shall be settled by the President after consultation with the Village Attorney; and the President shall have the power to delegate any appointed officer any duty which is to be performed when no specific officer has been directed to perform that duty.
(E) Licenses. The President shall sign all licenses and permits granted by the authority of the Board of Trustees, except as otherwise provided by law or ordinance.
(F) Discharge of prisoners. The President shall have the power and authority to release and discharge, at his or her discretion, any person imprisoned for the violation of any village ordinance. In each case in which the release shall be made by the President, he or she shall cause a report thereof to be made to the Board of Trustee, setting out his or her reasons for the release.
(G) Salary and other compensation.
(1) The President shall be compensated at an amount as set by the Board.
(2) Travel expenses necessarily incurred by the President while attending to village business and affairs, for which a written voucher is furnished, shall be paid to the President promptly upon approval by the Board as, in other claims against the village.
(3) Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary, the Village President may forego any, or all, compensation to which he or she is otherwise entitled for any part of his or her term by notifying the Village Treasurer, in writing, of such an election, the amount the President wishes to forego, the length of time the President wishes to forego such compensation, and the effective date of the election. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent the President from rescinding the election to forego compensation, upon written notice to the Village Treasurer of his or her desire to rescind the election to forego compensation.
(H) Vacancy. Whenever a vacancy in the Office of President occurs during his or her term, the vacancy shall be filled for the remainder of the term at the next election of Trustees unless the vacancy is filled by a special election as provided by law. During the period from the time that the vacancy occurs until a President is elected and has qualified, the vacancy may be filled by the election of an acting President by the Board of Trustees.
(1981 Code, § 3.01) (Am. Ord. 94-17, passed 7-5-1994; Am. Ord. 96-17, passed 7-5-1996; Am. Ord. 98-19, passed 10-19-1998; Am. Ord. 10-18, passed 5-3-2010)