CHARTER
EDITOR'S NOTE:  The Charter of the City of Newark, Ohio, was adopted by the voters on November 4, 1997.  Dates appearing in parentheses following a section heading in the Table of Contents, or following a section in the text, indicate that the section was subsequently amended or adopted on the date given.
PREAMBLE
ARTICLE I
NAME; BOUNDARIES; FORM OF GOVERNMENT
1.01.   Name and Boundaries.
1.02.   Form of Government.
ARTICLE II
CORPORATE POWERS
2.01.   Powers Granted.
2.02.   Exercise of Powers.
2.03.   Construction of Powers.
2.04.   Intergovernmental Cooperation.
ARTICLE III
COUNCIL
3.01.   Number and Term.
3.02.   Qualifications.
3.03.   Organization of Council; Rules.
3.04.   President of Council. (11-6-07)
3.05.   President Pro-tem of Council.
3.06.   Clerk of Council.
3.07.   Powers of Council.
3.08.   Regular Council Meetings.
3.09.   Special Council Meetings.
3.10.   Council Vacancies.  (11-5-02; 11-6-07)
3.11.   Reapportionment of Wards.
3.12.   Open Meetings; Public Records.
ARTICLE IV
LEGISLATIVE PROCEDURE
4.01.   Action to be Taken by Ordinance or Resolution.
4.02.   Introduction of Ordinances and Resolutions.
4.03.   Subject of Ordinances and Resolutions.
4.04.   Reading of Ordinances and Resolutions.
4.05.   Vote Required for Passage.
4.06.   Content of Emergency Ordinances and Resolutions.
4.07.   Effective Date of Ordinances and Resolutions.
4.08.   Authentication of Ordinances and Resolutions.
4.09.   Recording of Ordinances and Resolutions.
4.10.   Amendment of Ordinances and Resolutions.
4.11.   Veto by Mayor.
4.12.   Zoning Ordinances.
4.13.   Adoption of Technical Codes by Reference.
4.14.   Codification of Ordinances and Resolutions.
4.15.   Publication of Ordinances and Resolutions.
ARTICLE V
THE MAYOR
5.01.   Election, Term and Qualifications.
5.02.   Vacancy, Temporary Absence or Disability.
5.03.   Powers and Duties.
ARTICLE VI
CITY AUDITOR
ARTICLE VII
CITY TREASURER
ARTICLE VIII
DIRECTOR OF LAW
ARTICLE IX
ADMINISTRATIVE DEPARTMENTS
9.01.   Administrative Departments Created.
9.02.   Administrative Divisions.
9.03.   Department of Service.
9.04.   Department of Safety.
9.05.   Department of Human Resources.
9.06.   Department of Community Development.
9.07.   Department of Economic Development.
ARTICLE X
PURCHASING AND CONTRACTING
10.01.   Contracting Officer.
10.02.   Bidding. (11-6-07; 11-6-12)
10.03.   Certification of Availability of Funds.
10.04.   Splitting Contracts to Avoid Bidding.
ARTICLE XI
BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS
11.01.   Civil Service Commission.
11.02.   Planning Commission. (11-6-12)
11.03.   Board of Zoning Adjustment. (11-6-12)
11.04.   Citizens' Advisory Council on Recreation. (11-6-12)
11.05.   Charter Review Commission. (11-6-07)
11.06.   Board of Control.
11.07.   Other Boards and Commissions. (11-6-12)
11.08.   Organization; Vacancies.
ARTICLE XII
CIVIL SERVICE
12.01.   Classified and Unclassified Employees. (11-6-12)
12.02.   Police and Fire Selection, Promotion and Residency.
ARTICLE XIII
NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS
13.01.   Nominations.
13.02.   Regular Municipal Elections.
13.03.   Special Elections.
13.04.   Conduct of Elections.
ARTICLE XIV
INITIATIVE, REFERENDUM AND RECALL
14.01.   Initiative.
14.02.   Referendum.
14.03.   Recall.
ARTICLE XV
FINANCES, TAXATION AND DEBT
15.01.   General.
15.02.   Limitation on Tax Rate.
15.03.   Limitation of Debt.
ARTICLE XVI
GENERAL PROVISIONS
16.01.   Succession.
16.02.   Effect of Charter on Existing Laws and Rights.
16.03.   Amendments to Charter.
16.04.   Removal of Elected Officials and Members of Boards and Commissions.
16.05.   Retirement System.
16.06.   Effect of Partial Invalidity.
16.07.   Conflict of Interest.
ARTICLE XVII
TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS
17.01.   Effective Date of Charter.
17.02.   Continuance of Present Officials; Abolishment of Offices.
17.03.   Continuance of Present Employees.
PREAMBLE
   In order that we may have the benefits of municipal home rule and exercise all the powers of local self-government conferred under the Constitution and statutes of the State of Ohio, We, the citizens of the City of Newark, in the County of Licking and State of Ohio, do hereby adopt this Charter for our City.