City of Haverhill, MA
Essex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Haverhill as part of Ch. 2 of the 1963 City Code (Ch. 2, Art. I, of the 1980 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 3-1 Appointments by Mayor.

Annually, or at such longer intervals as are in § 3-10 specifically stated and provided, and on such days or during such months of each year as are in that section particularly specified, the Mayor shall appoint, unless otherwise provided by law or ordinance, all such municipal officers as are named in that section, and, the Mayor shall annually, or at such other intervals as may be lawful, appoint such further municipal officers as may be required by law, ordinance or the provisions of gifts, wills and trusts to be appointed by him.

§ 3-2 Appointment of subordinates by officer or board in charge.

[Amended 7-10-2007 by Doc. 76]
All subordinate offices and positions in the municipal service, election or appointment to which is not provided for under the provisions of §§ 3-1 and 3-10, shall, unless otherwise provided for by a law or ordinance, be filled by appointment by the officer, board or commission in direct charge and control of the department or subdepartment to which such offices or positions belong, subject to approval by the Mayor; but, nothing herein contained shall be construed as authorizing any officer, board or commission in charge and control of any department or subdepartment to increase or add to the existing number of employees thereof, or to create any new office or position therein, without being specifically authorized thereunto by the Mayor or the City Council.

§ 3-3 Appointments under civil service laws.

All appointments or elections to or vacancies in any municipal office or service classified under the provisions of the civil service laws or regulations shall be made or filled in the manner provided by such civil service laws and regulations.

§ 3-4 Compensation fixed by Council.

The City Council shall, by a majority vote, fix the compensation of any and all subordinate officers, employees, servants or agents of the City whose compensation is not otherwise fixed or established by law or ordinance.

§ 3-5 Vacancies in office.

[Amended 7-10-2007 by Doc. 76]
A vacancy in any office, occasioned by death, resignation, removal or otherwise, shall, unless specific provision therefor is otherwise made, be filled in the manner provided for the original appointment to such office and, in all cases of officers or service not classified under the provisions of the civil service laws or regulations, only for the balance of the unexpired term. Unless otherwise provided by law or ordinance, in case any officer is temporarily disabled from performing the duties of his office, the appointing officer or board may fill the vacancy thus created by an appointment pro tempore, subject to approval by the Mayor.

§ 3-6 Tenure in office.

Every officer appointed to office by the Mayor, or by any other duly authorized board or officer, whether or not such appointment is for a specified term, shall, unless sooner removed, hold his office until his successor is elected or appointed and qualified, except when such office shall be officially discontinued.

§ 3-7 Removal by Mayor.

Any officer appointed by the Mayor may be removed at any time by the Mayor.

§ 3-8 Oaths.

All subordinate executive and administrative officers appointed by the Mayor shall be sworn to the faithful discharge of their respective duties, and certificates of their oaths shall be made and kept in the office of the City Clerk, and full records of their official transactions, to be open to public inspection, shall be kept by such officers.

§ 3-9 Creation of additional boards or offices.

The City Council may from time to time, upon recommendation of the Mayor and subject to the provisions of general or special law, adopt or create any board or office authorized by statute and not already provided for by this Code; but, all such boards or offices hereafter created or adopted by or for the City shall be so created or adopted only by order or ordinance.

§ 3-10 Time of appointment and term of subordinate officers.

The following shall be the order and time of appointment of the subordinate City officers named therein:
A. 
On the first Monday in the month of January, annually:[1]
(1) 
One member of the Assessor of Taxes for a term of three years.
[1]
Editor's Note: Original § 2-10A(1) of the 1980 Code, re: member(s) of the Board of Public Welfare, which immediately followed this lead-in paragraph, was deleted 7-10-2007 by Doc. 76.
B. 
During the month of January, annually:
[Amended 9-21-1982 by Doc. 176; 7-10-2007 by Doc. 76]
(1) 
A member of the Board of Health for a term of three years to serve from the first Monday of the following February.
(2) 
A Treasurer for a term of one year, and a Collector of Taxes for a term of one year.
(3) 
A City Solicitor for a term of one year.
(4) 
A City Messenger for a term of one year.
(5) 
A Mayor's Secretary for a term of one year.
(6) 
A Lock-Up Keeper for a term of one year.
(7) 
A Soldiers' Relief and Burial Agent for a term of one year.
(8) 
A Forest Warden for a term of one year. (Subject to approval of the Commissioner of Environmental Management or designee.)
(9) 
A Tree Warden for a term of one year.
(10) 
A Superintendent for the Suppression of Gypsy and Brown-Tail Moths for a term of one year. (Subject to approval of the Commissioner of Environmental Management or designee.)
(11) 
Two or more Fence Viewers for a term of one year.
(12) 
One or more Poundkeepers for a term of one year.
(13) 
One Chief Procurement Officer for a term of two years.
C. 
During the month of February, annually:
(1) 
An Assistant City Solicitor for the term of one year, who shall be recommended in writing by the City Solicitor to the Mayor before the first of February of each year. If the Mayor fails to appoint upon the recommendation provided above before the last Tuesday in February, he may appoint without such recommendation.
D. 
During the month of February or March, annually:
(1) 
A registrar of voters for a term of three years.
E. 
During the month of March, annually:
(1) 
The nomination of one or more Inspectors of Animals for a term of one year, which nomination shall be sent to the State Commissioner of Animal Industries for approval. [2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Original § 2-10F of the 1980 Code, re: appointments during the month of April, which immediately followed this subsection, was deleted 7-10-2007 by Doc. 76.
F. 
On or before the first Monday of the month of May, annually:
(1) 
One or more members of the Municipal Planning Board for a term of five years.
G. 
On or before the first Monday in the month of June:
(1) 
In the year 1920, and every second year thereafter, a member of the Board of License Commissioners, for a term of six years.
H. 
On or before the first Monday in July:[3]
(1) 
An Inspector of Buildings in accordance with MGL c. 143, § 6.
(2) 
One or more Trustees of Soldiers' Memorial.
[3]
Editor's Note: Original § 2-10I(1) of the 1980 Code, re: appointment of a City Marshal, which immediately followed this lead-in paragraph, was deleted 7-10-2007 by Doc. 76.
I. 
On or after July 15 and not later than August 15, annually:
(1) 
One Warden, one Deputy Warden, one Clerk, one Deputy Clerk, four Inspectors and four Deputy Inspectors for each voting precinct in each City ward for a term of one year.
J. 
At any time when a vacancy occurs:
(1) 
A Harbor Master, term not limited. [4]
[4]
Editor's Note: Original § 2-10K(2) and (3) of the 1980 Code, re: Weighers of Beef and Weighers of Coal, which immediately followed this subsection, was deleted 7-10-2007 by Doc. 76.
(2) 
A Sealer of Weights and Measures, term not limited.
[Added 7-10-2007 by Doc. 76]

§ 3-11 Bonds required of certain officers.

[Amended 7-10-2007 by Doc. 76]
The Treasurer and Collector of Taxes, the City Clerk, the Assistant Treasurer and Deputy Collector of Taxes, the Chief of Police and all other officers and employees of the City entrusted with the receipt, custody or disbursement of money shall, before entering upon the duties of their respective offices, give bonds for the faithful discharge of their duties.

§ 3-12 Bond sureties and approval.

The bonds of all City officers and employees who are hereby required to be bonded shall be accompanied by a surety or sureties. All bonds shall be approved by the City Solicitor as to form, and the respective amounts thereof shall be determined, unless otherwise fixed by law or ordinance, and the respective sureties thereon shall be approved by the City Council. The premiums or expense of or for any such bond may be paid by the City.

§ 3-13 Custodian of bonds.

[Amended 7-10-2007 by Doc. 76]
The City Clerk shall be the custodian of the bonds of all City officers except that of the City Clerk, which shall be in the custody of the Treasurer and Collector of Taxes.

§ 3-14 Archives.

[Added 7-10-2007 by Doc. 76]
A. 
There shall be established an Archives for the City of Haverhill.
B. 
The Archives shall be located in City Hall and be under the supervision of the Auditor of Accounts.
C. 
Said Auditor of Accounts shall be responsible for the formulation and implementation of policies and procedures for the effective organization and management of the Municipal Archives in a manner consistent with all existing laws and ordinances. This shall involve the identification, organization, protection, preservation, presentation and retrieval of all such records.