The Council shall be the judge of the election and qualifications of its own members, including the President of Council. Council may, by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members of Council, after public hearing, expel or remove from office the President or any member of Council for gross misconduct, malfeasance, nonfeasance, misfeasance in or disqualification for office; for violation of their oath of office; for conviction while in office of a crime involving moral turpitude; for persistent failure to abide by the rules, ordinances and resolution of Council; for absence without justifiable excuse from three consecutive regular Council meetings; or for mental or physical disability rendering it impossible for them to perform the duties of their office. The charged Council member shall not be entitled to vote as to their own expulsion. Prior to any such action by Council, the President or member of Council so charged shall be notified in writing of the charge against them at least ten (10) days in advance of the hearing upon such charge, and the President or member of Council and their counsel shall be given an opportunity to be heard, present evidence or examine any witness appearing in support of such charge.
(Amended 11-2-10; 11-3-20.)