Leaves of absence, without pay, of less then ten (10) days may be granted by the Fire Chief, in his sole discretion.  Leaves of from ten (10) to thirty (30) days must be approved by the City Manager.  Leaves of more than thirty (30) days must also be approved by the Board of Commissioners.  All leaves are discretionary, and whether  they  are  granted  will  depend  upon departmental conditions at the time.  In no case will a leave be granted to enable a member to participate in an election or political campaign in a manner that would not be permitted while he is a member under these rules and regulations.
(1976 Code, § 7-53)