CHAPTER 1
VILLAGE PRESIDENT
General Provisions   I
ARTICLE I
GENERAL PROVISIONS
SECTION:
1.101: Election; Term Of Office
1.102: Bond; Oath; Salary
1.103: Duties
1.104: Designated President Pro Tem
1.101: ELECTION; TERM OF OFFICE:
The village president shall be elected for a term of four (4) years, and he shall be the president of the board of trustees, as is provided by statute 1 . (1957 Code, 1.001)
1.102: BOND; OATH; SALARY:
   A.   Before entering upon the duties of his/her office, the village president shall give a bond with sureties to be approved by the board of trustees conditioned upon his/her faithful performance of duties of village president in a sum as set forth in appendix A, division I of this code. The village president shall take the oath of office as prescribed by the Illinois municipal code and shall receive as compensation a sum annually as set forth in appendix A, division I of this code, payable in twelve (12) equal monthly installments.
   B.   Any ordinance providing for a change in the compensation or fringe benefits of the village president must be adopted no less than one hundred eighty (180) days before the beginning of a new elective term for the village president. (Ord. 2886, 4-4-1979; amd. Ord. 3071, 11-18-1980; Ord. 4001, 11-15-1988; Ord. 4809, 8-6-1996; Ord. 4968, 10-6-1998; Ord. 5189, 5-15-2001)
1.103: DUTIES:
   A.   The president shall be the chief executive officer of the village, and shall perform all such duties as may be required of him by statute or ordinance 2 . He shall have supervision over all the executive officers of the village and over all of the employees of the village. He shall have the power and authority to inspect all books and records kept by any village officer or employees at any reasonable time.
   B.   The village president shall be the presiding officer of all regular and special meetings of the board of trustees and at all times when the board meets as a committee of the whole.
   C.   The village president may be referred to as mayor of the village.
      1.   The term "village president" as used in any ordinance, resolution, motion or other action of the corporate authorities shall be construed as meaning the mayor; and the term "mayor" wherever so used shall be construed to mean the village president.
      2.   The title "mayor" as used in the minutes of the meetings of the corporate authorities or any other official document shall be construed as meaning "village president".
   D.   The village president shall function as chairman of the board of local improvements, with the board of trustees serving as members of the board of local improvements. (1957 Code, 1.002; amd. Ord. 2327, 12-7-1971; Ord. 4739, 7-5-1995)
1.104: DESIGNATED PRESIDENT PRO TEM:
   A.   Policy Statement: Good government demands, in the absence or disability of the village president, that another elected official be continuously and readily available to fulfill the duties of the office of village president, especially in cases of emergency. The person selected to act in the stead of the village president should be an experienced and committed trustee who has an excellent record of attendance at village board meetings. This person should also have a demonstrated ability to conduct and facilitate meetings and to make decisions in emergency situations.
   B.   Creation Of Office: There shall be in the village an office known as designated president pro tem. One trustee shall be elected to such office and shall be authorized to perform the functions and duties the village president is empowered to perform, but only under the following circumstances:
      1.   The village president is absent from the village and, for the purpose of implementing the authority of the designated president pro tem, has notified the village manager's office of such absence; or
      2.   The village manager has been notified that the village president is under a temporary disability which prevents the president from performing his or her duties; or
      3.   Immediate action is required of the village president and good faith attempts by the office of the village manager to locate him or her have been unsuccessful within the time in which the action is required.
   C.   Qualifications:
      1.   No person shall be appointed to the office of the designated president pro tem unless he or she is a duly elected or appointed trustee of the village of Mount Prospect.
      2.   Any person who has filed a nominating petition for the office of village president shall be ineligible to occupy the office of designated president pro tem. If a designated president pro tem files nominating petitions for the office of village president, the office of designated president pro tem shall immediately and automatically become vacant and shall be filled for the remainder of the term by following the procedures set forth in subsection D, "Selection", of this section.
      3.   A person who has not completed at least three hundred sixty five (365) days in office, as a trustee, shall not be eligible for nomination as designated president pro tem unless all of those trustees who are qualified have declined nomination for the office.5
   D.   Selection: The designated president pro tem shall be elected as follows:
      1.   The village president or any trustee, acting in open session, may nominate without comment, a trustee for the office of designated president pro tem; provided that in all instances the president shall have the right to make the first nomination. No trustee may nominate or second the nomination of himself or herself.
      2.   Upon receiving a second, the nominated trustee shall become a candidate for this office. Nominations may then continue until a motion to close nominations is approved.
      3.   Nominations shall be closed on the motion, second and the majority vote of trustees present at the meeting.
      4.   Discussion and consideration of the candidates and their qualifications may be discussed in open or upon appropriate vote of the president and board of trustees in closed session as provided by paragraph (c)3 of the Illinois open meetings act, but the final vote must be taken in open session.
      5.   Upon the close of discussion, the village clerk shall call the vote on each nominated candidate in the order in which the nominations were made and seconded. Abstentions shall be counted as a "no" vote. Balloting shall continue until one of the candidates receives four (4) affirmative votes of the president and trustees voting jointly. That person shall become designated president pro tem. No additional oath or bond shall be required.
   E.   Term Of Office: The designated president pro tem shall be elected at the first regular meeting in June, take office on July 1 and serve until June 30 of the following year or until a successor has been selected. The designated president pro tem may be removed at any time by four (4) affirmative votes of the president and trustees voting jointly. If such removal occurs, a successor shall be expeditiously selected for the remainder of the term in accordance with subsection D, "Selection", of this section.
   F.   Acting Village President; Vacancy: If a vacancy occurs in the office of village president, the designated president pro tem, may, in the sole discretion of the trustees, serve as acting village president until such time as a successor to fill the vacancy has been duly elected and has qualified; or the trustees may select a new acting village president at any time during the vacancy.
   G.   Absence Or Disability Of Designated President Pro Tem: If any one of the circumstances described in subsection B1, B2, or B3 of this section is found to exist as to both the village president and the designated president pro tem, the board of trustees shall elect one of its members to act as president pro tem, who during the absence or disability of the president and the designated president pro tem shall temporarily perform the duties of the president.
   H.   Powers And Duties: The designated president pro tem shall, in the circumstances described in subsections B1 through B3 of this section, be authorized to perform the functions and duties the village president is empowered to perform. This shall specifically include, but not be limited to, the functions and duties of the local liquor control commissioner. (Ord. 5423, 4-6-2004; amd. Ord. 5748, 7-7-2009)

 

Notes

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1. 65 ILCS 5/5-2-14.
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2. 65 ILCS 5/5-3-1 et seq.