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The director shall be the appointing authority in his or her respective department and have sole power and authority to appoint and suspend all assistant directors or department heads within his or her respective department. Each director upon giving prior notice to Council, to the Mayor and, in the case of the City Manager and City Finance Director, to the City Law Director, may remove an assistant director or department head within his or her respective department, subject to any applicable civil service law if such person is in the classified service, and subject to any Charter provision. Each director shall have the sole power and authority to appoint, suspend or remove all other employees in his or her respective department, subject to any applicable civil service law if such person is in the classified service, without prior notice to Council. Each director in his or her respective department may delegate any or all power and authority he or she possesses to his or her assistant director or a subordinate department head. Each director may prescribe and assign duties associated with his or her position to any employee in his or her respective department. If a conflict should arise concerning any assigned duty or duties of the directors, and such conflict cannot be resolved by permitting a subordinate within the department to handle the task, then the director having the conflict shall request Council to assign his or her duty or duties to another officer in the City with respect to such matter and Council is empowered to do so. In the case of the City Law Director, where the task requires a person to be an Ohio licensed attorney, special counsel may be appointed by the City Law Director or Council.