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The following personnel structure shall be observed in the Police Department:
(a) The Chief of Police is the administrative officer in charge of the Police Department and is responsible to the Mayor except as otherwise provided by law.
(b) A Captain shall be a commissioned officer and the highest ranking officer within the Police Department. The Captain shall be in charge of areas in the department assigned by the Chief of Police. The Captain shall have full authority over the subordinate members of the Department and is responsible only to the Chief of Police, or to the Mayor if acting for the Chief of Police.
(c) A Lieutenant shall be a commissioned officer, and shall be the second highest ranking officer within the Police Department. The Lieutenant shall have full authority over his subordinates and shall be responsible to the Captain and to the Chief of Police.
(d) A Sergeant shall be a noncommissioned officer. The Sergeant shall have authority over his subordinates and be responsible to his superior officers according to the function to which he is assigned.
(e) The patrolman is not ranked except by assignment or by seniority. When two officers are working together, or in the absence of an officer of higher rank, the senior officer will be the higher ranking officer unless otherwise specified by the Captain or Chief of Police.
(f) All officers of the Police Department are expected to be able to assume the responsibility of the next higher level of authority at any time, in the absence of an officer of that level.
In the absence of the Chief of Police, the Captain shall be in command of the Department.
(g) There shall be a commissioned or noncommissioned officer of the department on call and reasonably available at all times, who for purposes of authority and responsibility shall act as the commanding officer of the department during emergencies or when otherwise necessary.
(Ord. 10-80. Passed 5-5-80.)