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1. Interference with administration: Except for the purpose of inquiry and investigation, the Council, its committees, and members, shall deal with Municipal officials and employees in the administrative service only through the Mayor. Neither the Council, its committees or any member shall interfere with the appointment or removal of any officer or employee subordinate to the Mayor, nor give any order to a subordinate of the Mayor either publicly or privately, except as expressly provided by this Charter.
2. Investigations: Notwithstanding the above, the Council may upon a majority vote of Council, make investigations into Municipal affairs and the conduct of any department or agency and for this purpose may subpoena witnesses, administer oaths, take testimony, and require the production of evidence. Any person who fails or refuses to obey a lawful order issued in the exercise of this power shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $100 or such other sum as Council shall ordain, or by imprisonment for not more than thirty days (30), or both; and if such person is an employee of the Municipality, such refusal shall be grounds for dismissal.