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A conduct board is established and shall consist of five (5) members and two (2) alternates to: issue advisory opinions to the board of mayor and aldermen or school committee, if requested to do so by said board or committee, concerning this code and the actions of city officials; Interpret this code; investigate violations of this code if requested to do so by city officials, written and attested complaints by citizens of the city or those doing business with the city, if it finds basis for such complaints, and issue reports after such investigations to the board of mayor and aldermen which may take action after such reports if it deems action necessary and, recommend ordinances to carry out the purposes of this code.
One member shall be the chief legal officer of the city. Two members and one alternate shall be appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the vote of eight (8) aldermen. Two members and one alternate shall be appointed by the board of aldermen by nine (9) votes. No more than three (3) members of the same political party shall serve on the board at the same time. At least one (1) member shall have served as an alderman previously. Members shall be appointed for terms of three (3) years and such terms shall be staggered so no more than two (2) members and one (1) alternate are appointed at one time. Members may not see for more than six (6) consecutive years.