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The Mayor shall be elected by the popular vote of the electors of the Municipality for a two-year term to begin on the first day of December next following his/her election.
The Mayor shall have the following executive powers and duties:
(1) As elected executive of the municipality the Mayor shall be responsible to the electors for enforcement of all laws and ordinances, and for control and proper operation of all administrative departments and divisions as provided by the Charter as herein set forth or later amended, or by Council.
(2) The Mayor shall appoint:
(a) A Director of Administration, which appointment shall be subject to and take effect upon confirmation by a majority vote of Council. The Director of Administration shall be responsible to the Mayor for the general administration of the affairs of the municipality.
(b) Any additional administrative officers of special classification as may be established by Council, provided, however, that the Mayor may delegate power of appointment for such officers as are assigned under responsibility of the Director of Administration.
(3) The Mayor shall be responsible for preparation of a schedule of anticipated expenditures for the next succeeding fiscal year to be presented annually to Council by June 15. The Mayor shall be responsible for the proper execution of appropriation ordinances of Council.
(4) The Mayor shall sign, on behalf of the municipality, all contracts, conveyances, evidences of indebtedness and all other instruments to which the municipality is a party. The Mayor shall be responsible for the enforcement of terms and conditions in any franchise or contract to which the municipality is a party.
(5) The Mayor shall be recognized as the official and ceremonial head of Government by the Governor for military purposes.
The Mayor shall have all the judicial powers granted by the general laws of Ohio to Mayors of municipalities of the class of North Canton, unless and until other lawful provisions shall be made for the exercise of such power.
The Mayor shall have the following legislative powers and duties:
(1) The Mayor shall attend all meetings of Council with the right to introduce ordinances, resolutions and motions and participate in discussions, but without vote therein.
(2) Every ordinance or resolution of the Council shall be presented to the Mayor for consideration. The Mayor may approve or disapprove the whole of any resolution or ordinance, or any item of an ordinance appropriating money. Unless an ordinance or resolution is returned to the Clerk of Council either signed or with written notice of disapproval within ten (10) days after submission to the Mayor, it shall take effect as though the Mayor had signed it. When the Mayor has disapproved an ordinance or resolution or item of it, as herein provided, the Council may within thirty (30) days thereafter, reconsider it, and if such legislation shall be then approved by the affirmative vote of five (5) or more members of Council, it shall become effective notwithstanding the veto of the Mayor.
When the Mayor is temporarily absent from the Municipality or unable for any cause to perform his/her duties, the Director of Administration shall act as Mayor with the same powers and duties, except that all ceremonial powers shall be performed by the President of Council, and all judicial powers shall be performed by the President of Council, Magistrate or Judicial alternate.
(Amended 11-2-99; 11-6-07)