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(a) Department heads and appointed city officers shall continue their service under the present terms of employment. All such provisions for the term, including but not limited to, promotions, removals and benefits shall remain in force during the remainder of the term. Upon the expiration of the department head's existing term, the department head shall continue in service under the provisions established by this charter.
(b) Department heads and appointed city officers in transition from term status to the provisions of this charter shall not be subject to competitive tests or other criteria as a condition of continuance in the office, but shall become subject to the removal provisions in this charter and the personnel system provided for in the ordinances of the city.