CHARTER
OF THE VILLAGE OF
RICHFIELD, OHIO
TABLE OF CONTENTS
   EDITOR’S NOTE: The Richfield Charter was approved by the voters at a general election on November 3, 1970.  Dates appearing in parentheses following section headings indicate that those provisions were subsequently amended, added or repealed on the date given.
   PREAMBLE
Art. I       NAME AND BOUNDARIES
Sec. 1.01   Name.
Art. II      POWERS OF THE MUNICIPALITY
Sec. 2.01   Powers.
Sec. 2.02   Manner of Exercise.
Art. III   MAYOR
Sec. 3.01   Qualifications.
Sec. 3.02   Election and Term; Run-off Election. (11-6-90)
Sec. 3.03   Duties and Powers.
Sec. 3.04   Absence and Vacancy.  (11-6-90)
Sec. 3.05   Removal.
Art. IV   COUNCIL
Sec. 4.01   Legislative Authority.
Sec. 4.02   Qualifications.
Sec. 4.03   Composition and Term.  (11-6-90)
Sec. 4.04   Organization.  (11-6-90)
Sec. 4.05   President of Council and Vice President of Council.
Sec. 4.06   Clerk of Council.
Sec. 4.07   Rules and Journal.
Sec. 4.08   Regular Meetings.  (11-6-90)
Sec. 4.09    Special Meetings.  (11-6-90)
Sec. 4.10   Quorum.
Sec. 4.11   Powers and Duties.
Sec. 4.12   Effective Date of Ordinances and Resolutions.
Sec. 4.13   Employees of Council.
Sec. 4.14   Vacancies in Council.  (11-4-80)
Sec. 4.15   Removal.
Sec. 4.16   Departments, Boards and Commissions.
Art. V      DEPARTMENT OF FINANCE
Sec. 5.01   Appointment and Removal.  (11-4-80)
Sec. 5.02   Qualifications.
Sec. 5.03   Duties in General.
Art. VI      DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SERVICE
Sec. 6.01   Appointment and Removal.  (11-4-80)
Sec. 6.02   Qualifications.
Sec. 6.03   Duties in General.
Art. VII   DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
Sec. 7.01   Appointment and Removal. (11-4-80)
Sec. 7.02   Duties in General.
Sec. 7.03   Division of Police.
Sec. 7.04   Division of Fire.
Sec. 7.05   Compensation Benefits of Full-time and Regular Part- Time Safety Personnel.  (11-2-04)
Art. VIII   DEPARTMENT OF LAW
Sec. 8.01   Appointment and Removal.  (11-4-80)
Sec. 8.02   Qualifications.
Sec. 8.03   Duties in General.
Art. IX   DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING AND ZONING
Sec. 9.01   Director of Planning and Zoning - Appointment and Removal. (11-7-00)
Sec. 9.02   Director of Planning and Zoning - Qualifications. (11-7-00)
Sec. 9.03   Director of Planning and Zoning - Duties in General. (11-7-00)
Sec. 9.04   Planning and Zoning Commission - Organization. (11-7-00)
Sec. 9.05   Planning and Zoning Commission - Powers and Duties. (11-7-00)
Sec. 9.06   Mandatory Referral. (11-7-00)
Sec. 9.07   Operating Procedures. (11-7-00)
Sec. 9.08   Funds. (11-7-00)
Art. X      BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS
Sec. 10.01   Organization.  (11-6-90)
Sec. 10.02   Powers and Duties.
Sec. 10.03   Operating Procedures.
Art. XI   BOARD OF BUILDING CODE APPEALS
Sec. 11.01   Creation and Duties.
Art. XII   CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION
Sec. 12.01   Organization.
Sec. 12.02   Classification of Service.
Sec. 12.03   Application of Civil Service Regulations.
Sec. 12.04   Operating Procedures.
Sec. 12.05   Miscellaneous Civil Service Provisions.
Sec. 12.06   Funds.
Art. XIII   PARK AND RECREATION BOARD
Sec. 13.01   Organization.  (11-6-90)
Sec. 13.02   Operating Procedures. (11-6-90)
Sec. 13.03   Powers and Duties.
Art. XIV   MUNICIPAL ENGINEER
Sec. 14.01   Appointment and Removal.  (11-4-80)
Sec. 14.02   Qualifications and Duties.
Art. XV   FINANCES AND TAXATION
Sec. 15.01   General.
Sec. 15.02   Limitation on Rate of Taxation. (11-7-00)
Art. XVI   NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS
Sec. 16.01   Time of Holding Elections.
Sec. 16.02   Nominations and Procedures.
Art. XVII   INITIATIVE, REFERENDUM AND RECALL
Sec. 17.01   Initiative and Referendum.
Sec. 17.02   Recall.
Sec. 17.03   Petitions.
Art. XVIII   AMENDMENTS TO THE CHARTER
Sec. 18.01   Amendments to the Charter.
Sec. 18.02   Electors.  (11-7-00)
Sec. 18.03   Charter Review.  (11-6-90)
Art. XIX   GENERAL PROVISIONS
Sec. 19.01   Effective Date of Charter.
Sec. 19.02   Abolishment of Offices.  (Repealed 11-6-90)
Sec. 19.03   Continuance of Present Officials. (Repealed 11-6-90)
Sec. 19.04   Continuance of Present Employees. (Repealed 11-6-90)
Sec. 19.05   Effect of Charter on Existing Laws and Rights.
Sec. 19.06   Vacancies.
Sec. 19.07   Conflict of Interest.
Sec. 19.08   Effect of Partial Invalidity.
Sec. 19.09   Interpretation.
Sec. 19.10   Oath of Office.
Sec. 19.11   Salaries, Compensation and Bonds.  (11-6-90)
Sec. 19.12   Communications.
Sec. 19.13   Gender Neutral.  (11-7-00)
CHARTER
OF THE
VILLAGE OF RICHFIELD, OHIO
PREAMBLE
   We, the people of the Village of Richfield, in the County of Summit, and the State of Ohio, grateful to Almighty God for the privileges and freedom we enjoy, aware of our responsibilities to preserve and extend these benefits for future generations, and in order to secure for ourselves the benefits of municipal home rule and to exercise all the powers of local self- government under the Constitution and laws of the State of Ohio, do hereby frame and adopt this Charter for the government of the Village of Richfield.