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(a) The conviction of any licensee under the provisions of this chapter, any person owning or having an interest in the business, or any employee of a business licensed under this chapter, for any felony or for any crime involving fraud, theft, receiving, or possessing stolen property shall constitute grounds for immediate revocation or suspension by the Mayor or his designee of the license issued to such business. Any violation of a provision of this chapter or any false statement made by the applicant in connection with the issuance of this license shall also constitute grounds for immediate revocation or suspension by the Mayor or his designee of the license issued to such business regardless of whether the licensee or any employee of licensee is criminally charged or convicted for said violation or false statement.
(b) Licensee shall be notified promptly, in writing sent via certified mail, of any decision to revoke or suspend his or her license and of the licensee's right to appeal the decision. Notice may be sent by regular mail after any previous notice sent by certified mail is returned unclaimed. Licensee may appeal a revocation or suspension of his or her license by submitting a request to appeal, in writing, to the Mayor within thirty days of receiving the notice of revocation or suspension if sent by certified mail, or within thirty days of the date the City sent the notice of revocation or suspension if sent by regular mail. If licensee timely requests an appeal, a hearing shall be held before the Mayor within thirty days of the date the City received the licensee's request to appeal. The licensee shall have the right to appear at such hearing, to be represented by counsel, and have the right to examine and cross examine witnesses. In the event of a decision and ruling adverse to the licensee, the licensee, unless otherwise expressly provided, shall have the right to appeal such decision and ruling to a court of competent jurisdiction, under the authority of and pursuant to the provisions of R.C. Chapter 2506.
(c) Whenever, for any cause, a license is revoked or suspended, the City shall not issue another license to the licensee nor to the husband or wife of the licensee, nor to any copartnership or corporation of which the licensee is an officer, nor to any person employed by the licensee, until the expiration of at least one year from the date of the revocation of the license.
(d) Persons or entities continuing to operate as a pawnbroker or secondhand dealer after a license has been denied, suspended, or revoked pursuant to this chapter may be served with a cease and desist order issued by a court of competent jurisdiction.
(Ord. 2018-057. Passed 12-17-18.)