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(A) After the term commencing January 1, 2006, the Mayor of the City of Wauseon shall appoint a qualified individual to serve in the position of Director of Finance subject to the approval of the Council by a vote of at least three fourths of its members. The Director of Finance may be removed with or without cause upon recommendation of the Mayor, subject to the approval of the Council by a vote of at least three fourths of its members.
(B) The Director of Finance shall not:
(1) Hold any other public office during a term, except he or she may serve as the Clerk of Council, may hold office in a political party or be a delegate to a political party convention, serve as a notary public, serve as a member or officer in the military reserve or national guard, serve in any office, position or capacity to further intergovernmental cooperation, and may hold any office permitted by this Charter or the laws of Ohio;
(2) Hold any compensated position of employment with the Municipality while serving as the Director of Finance unless permitted by this Charter or the laws of Ohio;
As used in this Division (B) of this Section of the Charter, “public office”, “appointive office” and “position of employment” shall not include holding an office or membership in a volunteer fire department or volunteer fire protection agency; and the Director of Finance may be an officer or member in a volunteer fire department or volunteer fire protection agency, but the Director of Finance shall not receive any additional compensation for service in any such volunteer department or agency that provides fire protection services to the Municipality other than an amount approved by ordinance or resolution to be appropriate to secure workers compensation insurance or coverage for the Director of Finance while serving as an officer or member of a volunteer fire department or volunteer fire protection agency. As used in this Division (B) of this Section of the Charter, the Council may, by ordinance or resolution, defined the words “volunteer fire department” and “volunteer fire protection agency”.
(C) The Director of Finance shall be the chief fiscal officer of the Municipality and shall perform the powers, duties and functions now or hereafter given to City Auditors and Treasurers under the general laws of Ohio to the extent those laws are not in conflict with this Charter. The Director of Finance, in addition to the powers, duties and functions prescribed by this Charter shall have other powers, duties and functions as required by ordinance or resolution, or as directed by the Mayor. The Director of Finance shall keep the financial records of the Municipality, establish the accounting systems, financial records and reports used by the offices, departments, divisions, bureaus, boards and commissions of the Municipality; assist the Mayor in the preparation and submission of appropriation measures, estimates, budgets, capital programs and other financial matters; provide full and complete information concerning the financial affairs and status of the Municipality as requested by the Mayor or Council; and provide full and complete information and assistance concerning the finances or accounting systems of records of any office, department, division, bureau, board or commission of the Municipality as requested by the Mayor.
(D) Within thirty days after taking office, or as soon thereafter as reasonably possible, the Director of Finance shall, in writing filed with the Mayor, designate an employee within the Department of Finance to serve as the Acting Director of Finance during the temporary absence or disability of the Director of Finance, and while so serving, the Acting Director of Finance shall exercise all powers, duties and functions of the Director of Finance. In the event of a vacancy in the office of the Director of Finance, the Mayor shall, subject to approval by the Council by a vote of not less than three-fourths of its members, appoint a qualified person to fill such vacancy for the unexpired term of office. The Mayor’s appointment to fill such vacancy shall be made within forty-five days after the vacancy occurs. The Mayor may appoint an Acting Director of Finance to exercise the powers, duties and functions of the Director of Finance until a vacancy in such office is filled as provided in this Charter.
(Amended November 8, 2005)