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(A) Any officer elected or appointed to any office may be removed from such office by a vote of three-fourths of the aldermen authorized by law to be elected, but no officer shall be removed except for good cause, nor unless first furnished with the charges against him or her, and heard in his or her defense. And the City Council shall have power to compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of papers, when necessary for the purpose of such trial; and shall proceed within ten days to hear and determine upon the merits of such case-, and if such officer shall neglect to appear and answer such charge, then the City Council may declare such office vacated.
(B) Provided, this section shall not be deemed to apply to any officer appointed by the City Council. Such officer may be removed at any time by a vote of three-fourths as aforesaid, in their discretion; but any officer may be suspended until the disposition of the charges when preferred.
(C) Provided, that the Mayor may suspend members of the Police Department or Fire Department for cause, but suspension shall be reported to the City Council at the next regular meeting thereof.
(Prior Code, § 2-66)