(a)   The Chief of Police shall, under the direction of the Mayor, be the executive head of the Department of Police. In his absence from duty or incapacity the Chief, or in his absence the Mayor, shall have the authority to designate any full-time officer from the rank of Sergeant and above in the Police Department to serve as the acting Chief.
(Ord. 1955-67.  Passed 8-1-55; Ord. 2012-36.  Passed 8-6-12.)
   (b)   (1)   The Chief of Police shall be entitled to the following employee benefits: uniform allowances, medical and life insurance coverage, vacations, holidays, longevity compensation, sick leave, emergency responder pay and college education pay, as described in the employment contract entered into by the City with the Ohio Patrolmen's Benevolent Association for the Police Sergeants and Captains.
      (2)   The Assistant Chief of Police shall receive the same fringe benefits, effective upon the same dates and in the same amounts, as provided to the rank of Captain by the employment contract entered into by the City with the Ohio Patrolman's Benevolent Association for Police Sergeants and Captains.
   (c)   Effective January 1, 1985, when a vacancy in the office of Chief of Police occurs due to retirement, death or termination, and a member of the Department is assigned the duty of "Acting Chief," such member shall be paid at the Chiefs normal rate of pay for such duty during the interim time period until a new Chief is appointed.
   (d)   Each nonaligned regular, full-time member of the Police Department holding the position of Chief of Police or Assistant Chief of Police shall be entitled to emergency responder allowance in addition to his or her regular compensation. Such allowance shall be paid as follows: six percent of the base annual salary, payable in two equal installments, on the pay days closest to May 1 and November 1 of each calendar year. When an employee leaves the Department through retirement, resignation or termination, the emergency responder allowance shall be pro-rated and the amount paid but unearned shall be deducted from the employee's final paycheck.
(Ord. 2019-5.  Passed 2-11-19.)