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The Mayor shall have full judicial powers pursuant to the Constitution of the State of Ohio, the statutes of the State of Ohio and the ordinances of the City of Fairlawn, Ohio. The appropriate Municipal Court having jurisdiction over the City of Fairlawn shall exercise such jurisdiction not conferred by law or the Council on a Mayor's Court. This section shall be effective upon its approval by the electorate and certification of the official vote thereon.
(Amended November 2, 1982)
(1) The Mayor shall be entitled to a seat in Council and shall attend all meetings of Council. He shall have the right to introduce ordinances, resolutions and motions, and the right to participate in the discussion of all matters coming before the Council, but shall have no vote in Council except as follows:
When emergency legislation is introduced and there are six (6) members present, no more, no less, the Mayor shall cast the deciding vote if required.
At the request of the Mayor, the heads of the respective departments shall be given an opportunity to participate in the deliberations of Council on legislation pertaining to their departments but shall have no vote.
(2) Every ordinance or resolution passed by Council shall be signed by the Clerk of Council and shall be presented to the Mayor by the Clerk of Council. If the Mayor approves such ordinance or resolution, he shall sign it and file it with the Clerk of Council. If the Mayor disapproves any ordinance or resolution, he shall return it to the Clerk of Council within ten (10) days after its passage, and in case the Mayor disapproves any emergency ordinance or resolution, he shall return it to the Clerk of Council within twenty-four (24) hours after its passage, together in each instance with his objections in writing. His objections shall be entered in full on the Journal of Council.
(3) The Mayor may approve or disapprove the whole or any part of any ordinance appropriating money, but otherwise his approval or disapproval shall be addressed to the entire ordinance or resolution.
(4) If the Mayor, within the time specified after its passage, does not sign or disapprove an ordinance or resolution so presented to him, such ordinance or resolution shall take effect in the same manner as if he had signed it within the time specified. When the Mayor has disapproved an ordinance or resolution or an item of it as herein provided, the Council may, but not later than its next regular meeting, reconsider the ordinance or resolution or part thereof disapproved by the Mayor and if, upon such reconsideration, the ordinance, resolution or item is approved by an affirmative vote of five (5) or more members of Council, such ordinance or resolution shall take effect, notwithstanding the disapproval of the Mayor.
The Mayor shall:
(1) Be the chief executive officer of the Municipality to carry out and fulfill the intent and purpose of any and all legislation duly passed by Council. He shall supervise the administration of all the affairs of the Municipality and the conduct and administration of all departments and divisions thereof, except the Council and as otherwise provided in this Charter.
(2) Be the chief conservator of the peace within the Municipality and shall see that all laws, resolutions, and ordinances are enforced therein.
(3) Unless otherwise provided by ordinance, execute on behalf of the Municipality all authorized contracts, conveyances, evidences of indebtedness, and all other instruments to which the Municipality is a party and shall, where required, attach thereto the official seal of this office, which shall be the seal of the Municipality.
(4) Keep the Council advised of the condition and need of the Municipality and shall recommend to the Council such measures as he may deem necessary or expedient for the welfare of the Municipality. During the month of January of each year, the Mayor shall prepare and present to Council a resume of the accomplishments in the preceding year together with proposed programs for succeeding years.
(5) Subject to the civil service provisions of this Charter, and except where this Charter provides that others shall perform such function, appoint (subject to paragraph D (1) below) and remove all directors of departments and all subordinate officers and employees in the departments.
(6) Be the official and ceremonial head of the Municipality.
(7) Perform such other duties as may be prescribed by this Charter or required of him by Council.
(8) Prepare and submit to Council an annual budget and such other reports as the Mayor may deem necessary, or which Council may request.
D. Appointments and Confirmation
(1) The Mayor shall appoint, contract for, hire, or otherwise retain the Tax Administrator, Director of Law, Director of Public Service, Chief of Fire and Emergency Rescue Services, Director of Parks and Recreation, Street Commissioner, Engineer, Building Commissioner, Zoning Inspector, Chief of Police, and Director of Public Safety. The Mayor shall negotiate and contract on such terms as he shall deem advisable and consistent with the requirements as provided by this Charter. He shall have the authority to combine such appointments provided the qualifications of such appointments are fulfilled. The appointees and the terms of their employ shall be subject to confirmation of not less than by a plurality vote of the quorum present of Council at the time such confirmation is requested. In the event that Council shall fail to confirm such appointment and/or the terms thereof, the Mayor shall forthwith proceed to reappoint or renegotiate such appointment to obtain confirmation at the next meeting of Council.
(Amended November 5, 1985)
E. Appointments of Committees and Commissions
The Mayor shall, in accordance with the provisions of this Charter, make and establish the committees or commission required herein. Such appointments shall take into consideration such matters as geographical representation and the individual's experience and character as to promote the harmonious purposes of their respective functions.