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(a) The Mayor shall be the chief executive officer of the City. He shall supervise the administration of the City’s affairs, and shall exercise control of all departments and divisions. He shall be the chief conservator of the peace within the City and shall see that all laws and ordinances are enforced therein. He shall be responsible for the preparation and submission of the annual estimates of receipts and expenditures, and all appropriation measures, and shall at all times keep the Council fully advised as to the financial condition and needs of the City. He shall see that all terms and conditions imposed in favor of the City or its inhabitants in any franchise or contract to which the City is a party are faithfully kept and performed.
(b) The Mayor shall have the power, subject to the other provisions of this Charter, to appoint, promote, transfer, reduce or remove any officer or employee of the City except those required by this Charter to be elected or heads of departments, for whom other provision is made in this Charter.
(c) The heads of all departments, except for the head of the Police Department and head of the Fire Department, shall be appointed by the Mayor, subject to confirmation by a majority of the members of Council, for a term running concurrently with the Mayor. The Mayor shall have the power, subject to the approval of a majority of the members of Council, to transfer, reduce or remove any department head during his term for just cause.
(Approved by voters 11-8-1988)
(d) The head of the Police Department and the head of the Fire Department, once appointed by the Mayor and their appointment is confirmed by five members of the Council, shall hold office until resignation, retirement, transfer, reduction or removal. The Mayor may transfer, reduce or remove the head of the Police Department or the head of the Fire Department subject to the approval of five members of the Council in accordance with Chapter 733 of the Ohio Revised Code and any amendment thereto. The Council may remove the head of the Police Department or the head of the Fire Department by the affirmative vote of six members of the Council, in accordance with Chapter 733 of the Ohio Revised Code and any amendment thereto, without the approval of the Mayor. The head of the Police Department, if appointed from the Division of Police, and the head of the Fire Department, if appointed from the Division of Fire, if transferred or reduced, shall revert to the classified civil service status held by him at the time of his appointment to the position of Chief of the Police Department or Chief of the Fire Department, respectively.
(Approved by voters 11-7-2000)
(e) The Mayor shall execute, on behalf of the City, all contracts, conveyances, evidences of indebtedness and all other instruments to which the City is a party. He shall have custody of the seal of the City and may affix it to all of the above mentioned instruments, but the absence of the seal shall not affect the validity of any such instrument.
(f) The Mayor shall be recognized as the official and ceremonial head of the City government by the Governor for military purposes, and by the courts for the purpose of serving civil processes.
(Approved by voters 11-8-1988)