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(A) Election; term of office. The Mayor of this city shall be elected by the voters of the city at a regular election. His term of office begins on the first day of January following his election and shall be for four (4) years and until his successor qualifies.
(B) Qualifications. The Mayor shall be at least twenty-one (21) years of age, shall be a qualified voter in the city, and shall reside in the city throughout his term of office.
(C) Vacancy. If a vacancy occurs in the office of Mayor, Council shall fill the vacancy within thirty (30) days. If for any reason, any vacancy in the office of Mayor is not filled within 30 days after it occurs, the Governor shall promptly fill the vacancy by appointment of a qualified person who shall serve for the same period as if otherwise appointed.
(1) When voting to fill a vacancy in the office of Mayor, a member of the City Council shall not vote for himself.
(2) When voting to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of the Mayor, the resigning Mayor shall not vote on his successor.
(3) No vacancy by reason of a voluntary resignation in the office of Mayor shall occur unless a written resignation which specifies the resignation date is tendered to the City Council. The resignation shall be effective at the next regular or special legislative meeting occurring after the date specified in the written letter of resignation.
(4) If a vacancy occurs in the office of Mayor which is required by law to be filled temporarily by appointment, the City Council shall immediately notify in writing both the County Clerk and the Secretary of State of the vacancy.
(5) The City Council shall elect from among its members an individual to preside over meetings of the City Council during any vacancy in the office of the Mayor in accordance with the provisions of KRS 83A.130.
(KRS 83A.040(1), (2), (5))
(D) Powers and duties.
(1) The executive authority of the city is hereby vested in and shall be exercised by the Mayor. The Mayor shall enforce the Mayor-Council Plan, city ordinances and orders, and all applicable statutes. He or she shall supervise all departments of city government and the conduct of all city officers and employees under his or her jurisdiction and require each department to make reports to him or her as required by ordinance or as he or she deems desirable.
(2) The Mayor shall maintain liaison with related units of local government respecting interlocal contracting and joint activities.
(3) The Mayor shall report to the Council and to the public on the condition and needs of city government as he or she finds appropriate or as required by ordinance, but not less than annually. He or she shall make any recommendations for actions by the Council he or she finds in the public interest.
(4) Subject to disapproval of the Council, the Mayor shall promulgate procedures to insure orderly administration of the functions of city government and compliance with statutes or ordinances. Upon promulgation or upon revision or rescission of the procedures, copies shall be filed with the person responsible for maintaining city records.
(5) Any delegation of the Mayor's power, duties, or responsibilities to subordinate officers and employees and any expression of his or her official authority to fulfill executive functions shall be made by executive order. Executive orders shall be sequentially numbered by years and kept in a permanent file.
(6) All bonds, notes, contracts, and written obligations of the city shall be made and executed by the Mayor or his or her agent designated by executive order. (KRS 83A.130(8))
(7) The Mayor shall be the appointing authority with power to appoint and remove all city employees, including police officers,
except as tenure and terms of employment are protected by statute, ordinance, or contract and except for employees of the Council.
(8) The Mayor shall provide for the orderly continuation of the functions of city government at any time he or she is unable to attend to the duties of his or her office by delegating responsibility for any function to be performed, in accordance with division (D)(5) above. However, the Mayor may not delegate the responsibility of presiding at meetings of the Council, and the authority to approve ordinances or promulgate administrative procedures may only be delegated to an elected officer. With approval of the Council, the Mayor may rescind any action taken in his or her absence under this section within thirty (30) days of such action. If for any reason the disability of the Mayor to attend to his or her duties persists for sixty (60) consecutive days, the office of Mayor may be declared vacant by a majority vote of the Council and the provisions of § 31.21(C) shall apply.
(Ord. 2-11-79, passed 11-8-79)
(E) Compensation. Effective January 1, 2007, the salary of the Mayor shall be fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000.00) per year.
(Ord. 1-7-88, passed 8-9-88; Am. Ord. 1993-0-2, passed 2-9-93; Am. Ord. 2000-0-02, passed 1-3-00; Am. Ord. 2005-O-24, passed 4-17-06)