CHARTER
OF THE
CITY OF KENT, OHIO
Art. I:  NAME AND BOUNDARIES
Art. II:  FORM OF GOVERNMENT
Art. III:  POWERS OF CITY
Art. IV: GENERAL PROVISIONS
Sec. 4.01   Removal of Officers and Employees.
Sec. 4.02   Conflict of Interest.  (11-3-15)
Sec. 4.03   Effect of this Charter on Existing Law.
Sec. 4.04   Amending the Charter.
Sec. 4.05   Amending the Charter by Initiative Petition.
Sec. 4.06   Separability Clause.
Sec. 4.07   Continuance of Contracts and Public Improvement.
Sec. 4.08   Rights Preserved.
Sec. 4.09   Continuance of Present Officers.
Sec. 4.10   Status of Officers and Employees Holding Office When the Charter Takes Effect.
Sec. 4.11   Transfer of Records and Property.
Sec. 4.12   Continuity of Officers, Departments or Agencies.
Sec. 4.13   Pending Actions and Proceedings.
Sec. 4.14   When Provisions Take Effect.
Art. V:  THE COUNCIL & MAYOR
Sec. 5.01   Number, Selection, Term.
Sec. 5.02   Qualification.
Sec. 5.03   Removal.
Sec. 5.04   Salaries and Bonds.
Sec. 5.05   Powers.
Sec. 5.06   Vacancies in Council.
Sec. 5.07   Presiding Officers; Mayor; President Pro Tem.  (11-8-05)
Sec. 5.08   Creation of New Departments or Offices; Change.
Sec. 5.09   Clerk of Council
Sec. 5.10   Induction of Council into Office, Meetings of Council.
Sec. 5.11   Rules of Procedure; Journal.
Sec. 5.12   Ordinances .
Sec. 5.13   Enactment, Publication, and Effective Dates of Ordinances.
Sec. 5.14   Limitation of Use of Income Tax.
Sec. 5.15   Recall Petition and Election.
Art. VI:  CITY  MANAGER
Sec. 6.01   Appointment; Qualification; Compensation.
Sec. 6.02    Removal.
Sec. 6.03   Acting City Manager.
Sec. 6.04    Powers and Duties of the City Manager. (11-4-75; 11-8-05)
Art. VII:  ADMINISTRATIVE DEPARTMENTS
Sec. 7.01   Departments Specified.
Sec. 7.02   Director of Departments.
Sec. 7.03   Departmental Divisions.
Sec. 7.03(A)Director of Finance.
Sec. 7.03(B) Director of Law.
Sec. 7.03(C) Director of Service.
Sec. 7.03(D) Civil Engineer.    (Repealed 11-4-80.)
Sec. 7.03(E) Director of Safety.  (11-8-05)
Sec. 7.03(F) Directors of Service and Safety: Conditions of  Employment.
Art. VIII: BOARDS & COMMISSIONS
Sec. 8.01   Appointments to Boards and Commissions. (11-8-05; 5-2-06)
Sec. 8.02   Construction Commission.  (Repealed 11-8-05; 5-2-06)
Sec. 8.03   Park and Recreation Board.
Sec. 8.04   Planning Commission.  (11-3-15)
Sec. 8.05   Board of Control.  (11-8-05)
Sec. 8.06   Establishment of a Board of Health.
Sec. 8.07   Charter Review.
Art. IX: ELECTIONS
Sec. 9.01   Time for Holding Elections.
Sec. 9.02   General Laws to Apply.
Art. X: FRANCHISES
Sec. 10.01   Grants Limited.
Sec. 10.02   Period of Grants.
Sec. 10.03   Extension by Annexation.
Sec. 10.04   Right of Regulation.
Art. XI: INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM
Sec. 11.01   General Authority.
Sec. 11.02   Commencement of Proceedings; Petitioners' Committee; Affidavit.
Sec. 11.03   Petitions.  (11-3-15)
Sec. 11.04   Procedure after Filing.
Sec. 11.05   Action on Petitions.
Sec. 11.06   Results of Election.
Art. XII: MISCELLANEOUS
Sec. 12.01   Interpretation.
Sec. 12.02   Voting Ward Apportionment.
Sec. 12.03   Rearrangement and Reprinting of Charter.  (11-8-05)
Sec. 12.04   Location of Meetings.  (11-8-05)
Sec. 12.05   Democracy Day Public Hearing/political Influence.  (11-3-15)
 
(Updated and approved by Kent City Council on Jan. 6, 2016)