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(a) Appointment and Qualification. The City Council may appoint a City Health Officer who shall be a licensed physician qualified to practice medicine in the State of Texas and a resident of the City of Freeport. In the event no available licensed physician qualified to practice medicine in the State of Texas is a resident of the City of Freeport, the Council shall may appoint as City Health Officer a nonresident physician qualified to practice medicine in the State of Texas. When the office of City Health Officer is vacant, the County Health Officer of Brazoria County, Texas, may perform any of the duties of such office required by law to be performed by a licensed physician qualified to practice medicine in the State of Texas. The City Health Officer shall be the Director of the Department of Health and Sanitation, unless the office of City Health Officer is vacant, in which event the City Manager shall appoint an employee of the City to be the Supervisor of such Department.
(b) Administration. The City Manager shall be responsible to the City Health Officer for the general administration of the Department of Health and Sanitation and the supervision of the employees thereof.
(c) Duties of the Health Officer. The City Health Officer shall advise with the City Council on a program of Public Health; shall cooperate in the preparation of a Sanitary Code; shall cooperate with nearby cities on problems of health and sanitation; shall cooperate with the Commissioners Court of Brazoria County and its agencies, and with the State Health Department and other departments of State Government in matters pertaining to health and sanitation.
(Election of 4-3-82) (Amendment adopted by electorate 5-6-00; Amendment adopted by electorate 5-12-12)