CHARTER
Editor's note:  This charter was approved by the electorate on 11-5-96.
PREAMBLE
Section
ARTICLE I.  POWERS
   1.01   Incorporation
   1.02   General powers
ARTICLE II.  THE MAYOR AND BOARD OF ALDERMEN
Board of Aldermen
   2.01   Governing body
   2.02   Composition, eligibility and term
   2.03   Powers and duties
   2.04   Power to delegate authority
   2.05   Vacancies
   2.06   Meetings
The Mayor
   2.07   Eligibility and term
   2.08   Powers and duties
   2.09   Veto power
   2.10   Appointments
   2.11   Removals
ARTICLE III.  DEPARTMENTS AND DEPARTMENT HEADS
Departments
   3.01   Departments
   3.02   Departments existing at adoption
Department Heads
   3.03   Nominations
   3.04   Authority
   3.05   Tenure of office
   3.06   Removal of department heads
Appointed Officers
   3.07   Appointed city officers
   3.08   Nominations of appointed officers
   3.09   Tenure of office
   3.10   Removal of appointed officers
Boards, Commissions, and Authorities
   3.11   Departmental boards and commissions
   3.12   Existing departmental boards and commissions
   3.13   Additional boards and commissions
   3.14   Membership limitation, appointment, organization, terms, and removal
ARTICLE IV.  SCHOOLS AND SCHOOL COMMITTEE
   4.01   School district
   4.02   School committee
   4.03   Superintendent of Schools
   4.04   Vacancies
ARTICLE V.  ELECTIONS
Terms and Definitions
   5.01   Non-partisan ballot system
   5.02   Municipal general election
   5.03   Municipal primary elections
   5.04   Filing fee
   5.05   Filing period
   5.06   Nominating petitions
   5.07   Primary system
Political Calendar
   5.08   Authority
Elected Officers
   5.09   City and ward officers
   5.10   Terms of office and vacancies
Checklist and Voter Registration
   5.11   Board of Registrars
   5.12   Actions by a single registrar
   5.13   Deputy Registrars
   5.14   Prohibition against holding other public offices
   5.15   Sessions
Qualification for Office
   5.16   Citizenship
   5.17   Domicile
   5.18   Registered voter
   5.19   Mayor and Commissioner of Welfare
Nominations
   5.20   Candidates
Primary
   5.21   Posting notice of primary
Post-Election Procedure
   5.22   Preservation of ballots and checklists
   5.23   Declaration of election results
Recounts
   5.24   Application and filing fee
   5.25   Board of Recount
   5.26   Time and notice
   5.27   Conduct of recount
   5.28   Declaration of results
Political Campaign Reporting
   5.29   Definitions
Applicability of Statutes-Election Materials
   5.30   State election laws
   5.31   Forms
   5.32   Ballots
   5.33   Wards
ARTICLE VI.  BUDGETS AND APPROPRIATIONS
   6.01   Fiscal year
   6.02   Budget review and recommendations
   6.03   Budget formulation, submission and message
   6.04   Budget adoption
   6.05   Amendments after adoption
   6.06   School district budget
   6.07   School committee budget hearings
   6.08   Administration of the budget
   6.09   Overspending of appropriations prohibited
   6.10   Debt limit
   6.11   Finance Officer
   6.12   Independent audit
   6.13   Biennial budgeting
   6.14   Fund depositories
   6.15   Limitation on budget increase
ARTICLE VII.  PROCUREMENT PROCEDURES
   7.01   Procurement code
   7.02   Procurement methods
   7.03   Procurement manager
ARTICLE VIII.  GENERAL PROVISIONS
Administrative Rules and Policies
   8.01   Establishment of rules
   8.02   Statement of policy
Charter Review Committee
   8.03   Periodic review
Compensation
   8.04   Compensation of officials
Incompatibility
   8.05   Incompatibility of office
Library
   8.06   Contract with the Athenaeum
Local Initiative
   8.07   Initiative
Oaths
   8.08   Oaths
Retirement
   8.09   Employee retirement system
   8.10   Pension act repeal
Separability
   8.11   Provisions and application
Special Acts
   8.12   Applicability
Veterans
   8.13   Veterans recognition
Public Participation
   8.14   Public comment boards and commissions
Charter Enforcement
   8.15   Charter enforcement provision
ARTICLE IX.  STANDARDS OF CONDUCT
   9.01   Declaration of policy
   9.02   Definitions
   9.03   Standards of conduct
   9.04   Conduct board
ARTICLE X.  TRANSITION PROVISIONS
Effective Date
   10.01   Effective date of this charter
State and Municipal Laws
   10.02   Continuation of existing laws
Departments, Offices and Agencies
   10.03   Transfer of powers
   10.04   Temporary regulations
Officers and Employees
   10.05   Existing officials and employees
   10.06   Department heads and appointed city officers employment transition
   10.07   Sick leave transition
Miscellaneous
   10.08   Initial salary of the mayor
   10.09   Election of at-large aldermen and school committee members
   10.10   Voting procedures prior to election of aldermen at-large
   10.11   Debt limit
   10.12   Continuance of Chapter 551