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The Council shall be the judge of the qualifications of its members. Council may, by two-thirds of its membership, expel or remove any member for failure to meet or maintain qualification of office; or for violation of his oath of office, or for the conviction of a felony or other crime involving moral turpitude, or for persistent failure to abide by the rules of Council. Prior to any such action by Council, the accused member shall be notified in writing of the charge against him at least fifteen (15) days in advance of any hearing upon such charge, and he and counsel shall be given an opportunity to be heard, present evidence, or examine under oath any witness in support of such charge. The accused member shall not vote on the question of his removal.
A Councilman who is absent, without being excused by the majority of the other members of Council, from four (4) consecutive regular meetings of Council shall automatically vacate his office on the Council.