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(A) The Police Chief shall be the highest-ranking position of the Police Department. The Police Commissioner with the advice and consent of the City Council shall appoint and evaluate the performance of the Police Chief. The person appointed to the position of Police Chief shall be nominated solely on the basis of training, qualifications and experience in the administration of a local law enforcement agency. The City Council and the Police Chief may enter into an employment agreement with respect to terms and provisions of employment that may provide for salary, salary adjustments, fringe benefits, severance provisions and payment and other remuneration and benefits of office.
(B) The Police Chief shall be the departmental director of the Police Department. The Chief shall manage the affairs of the department subject to general policy guides provided by the Police Commissioner and City Council. The Chief implements departmental strategies consistent with goals and objectives approved by the City Council. The Chief assigns officers and employees to different tasks and shifts and evaluates performance of departmental employees.
(C) The Police Chief manages the human resource and financial administration functions of the department in coordination with the City Administrator, City Attorney and Treasurer. The Chief, with the approval of the City Council, prescribes departmental policies and rules as may be necessary to the discipline and efficiency of the police service. The Chief assists in the negotiation of successor collective bargaining agreements. The Chief has custody of property of the municipality assigned to the Police Department.
(D) The Police Chief shall cause to be served all writs, summons, warrants, processes and executions placed in his or her hands. The Chief shall assist the City Attorney in the prosecution of municipal ordinance violations and in the collection of fines.
(E) The Police Chief shall keep a record of all arrests, the nature of the charge, the final disposition of the case, the amount of the fine if imposed and other statistics required by state and federal law enforcement agencies. From such records, the Chief shall make monthly reports to the City Council of activities of the department.
(F) The Police Chief or his or her designee attends all meetings of the City Council.
(G) If a member of the Mattoon Police Department is appointed Police Chief prior to being eligible to retire on pension, he or she shall be considered as on furlough from the rank he or she held immediately prior to his or her appointment as Chief. If he or she resigns as Chief or is discharged as Chief prior to attaining eligibility to retire on pension, he or she shall revert to and be established in whatever rank he or she currently holds, except for previously appointed positions, and thereafter be entitled to all the benefits and emoluments of that rank, without regard as to whether a vacancy then exists in that rank.
(H) A Police Chief having been appointed from among members of the Mattoon Police Department shall be permitted, regardless of rank, to take promotional exams and be promoted to a higher classified rank than he or she currently holds, without having to resign as Police Chief.
(I) The Police Chief may be removed or discharged from the Police Chief position with or without cause according to procedures specified by ILCS, Ch. 65, Act 5, 10-2.1-4. In such case, the Police Commissioner shall file with the City Council the reasons for such removal or discharge, which removal or discharge shall not become effective unless confirmed by a majority vote of the City Council.
(Ord. 2004-5183, passed 8-3-2004)