City of Watertown, NY
Jefferson County
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[Adopted as Ch. 2 of the 1949 Code]
[Amended 3-2-1959; 12-18-1972]
A. 
In accordance with Sec. 42 of the City Charter, the following named employees and officers of the City shall, before entering upon the duties of their respective offices or positions, each give a penal bond to the City in the sum indicated thereafter, which bonds shall be approved as to the sufficiency of sureties by the City Council and as to form and method of execution by the Corporation Counsel:
(1) 
City Comptroller: $250,000.
[Amended 10-21-1991 by L.L. No. 6-1991]
(2) 
Constable: minimum of $10,000.
[Amended 6-20-1988 by L.L. No. 1-1988]
B. 
Each bond shall contain a condition that the officer or employee by whom it is given will faithfully perform the duties of his office or position and will in all things render a full, true and exact account of all moneys and property of every name and nature coming to his hands as an officer or employee and will make a true and full settlement, payment and transfer of all such money and property.
C. 
The bond of each constable shall provide, in addition, that he will pay, to each and every person who may be entitled thereto, all such sums of money as he may become liable to pay on account of any execution which shall be delivered to him for collection and that he will pay to each and every person all damages which such person or persons may sustain from or by any act or things done by said constable by virtue of his office as constable.
D. 
Pursuant to § 11, Subdivision 2, of the Public Officers Law, the City may procure a blanket undertaking from any duly authorized corporate surety to cover all officers, clerks and employees of the City, including the City Judge and City Clerk, but excepting the City Comptroller and constables. Such blanket undertaking shall indemnify against losses through one of the following conditions:
[Amended 12-18-1972; 10-21-1991 by L.L. No. 6-1991]
(1) 
Through the failure of the officers, clerks and employees covered thereunder faithfully to perform their duties or to account properly for all moneys or property received by virtue of their positions or employment; or
(2) 
Through fraudulent or dishonest acts committed by the officers, clerks and employees covered thereunder.
[Amended 12-18-1972]
[Amended 7-9-1968; 11-16-1981; 6-30-1986; 6-6-1994]
The office hours for all offices of the City are hereby fixed as follows:
A. 
Weekdays, other than Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except that during the months of June, July and August the hours shall be 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
B. 
Saturdays: closed, except when, in the opinion of the City Manager, it is deemed advisable to keep any office open to maintain public service.
[Amended 12-1-1986 by L.L. No. 1-1986]
The annual salary for each of the following offices or positions shall be as set forth from time to time by the City Council.[1]
A. 
Judge.
B. 
Acting City Judge.
C. 
Corporation Counsel.
D. 
City Manager.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 60, Salaries and Compensation.
The salaries and compensation of all officers and employees of the City, except manual workers now paid weekly, shall be paid on a biweekly basis.
The position of City Engineer is hereby established. The City Engineer shall be appointed by the City Manager, and his duties shall be such as may be prescribed by the City Charter, by this Code or such as may otherwise be prescribed for a City Engineer in a City of the Third Class. In addition thereto, all powers and duties prescribed by law for City inspectors of buildings are hereby conferred and imposed upon the City Engineer.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 45-6, City Auditor, was repealed 12-5-2005.
The position of Corporation Counsel is hereby established. The Corporation Counsel shall be appointed by the City Manager, and his duties shall be such as are prescribed in Sec. 34 of the City Charter and by this Code, or such as may otherwise be prescribed for a City Attorney or Corporation Counsel in a City of the third class.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 45-8, Creation of certain positions, was repealed 12-5-2005.
A. 
The number of constables for the City is hereby fixed at nine.
B. 
Jury responsibility. Any constable who, pursuant to Sec. 62 of the City Charter, shall summon a jury in any case in City Court shall hereafter be present upon the return of the venire, shall be in attendance upon the trial of such case and shall take charge of the jury and perform such other duties in connection with the conduct of said case as he may be directed to do by the City Judge.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 45-10, Policewoman, was repealed 12-5-2005.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 45-11, Deputy City Comptroller, added 5-12-1958, as amended, was repealed 12-5-2005 by L.L. No. 11-2005.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 45-11.1, Dog Warden, added 8-28-1962, was repealed 12-5-2005.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 45-11.2, Deputy City Auditor, added 3-11-1985, was repealed 12-5-2005.
[Added 2-4-2002 by L.L. No. 2-2002; amended 7-2-2012 by L.L. No. 2-2012; 8-15-2016 by L.L. No. 2-2016]
Pursuant to § 11-c, Subdivision (1), of the New York State Domestic Relations Law, the City Council may appoint one or more marriage officers who shall have the authority to solemnize a marriage, which marriage shall be valid if performed in accordance with other provisions of law. Such marriage officers shall be appointed by resolution of the City Council to a term not to exceed four years, pursuant to § 11-c, Subdivision (4), of New York State Domestic Relations Law. Such marriage officer will not receive a salary or wage for his or her services. However, for each marriage at which he or she officiates, the City shall be paid, by or on behalf of the persons married, a marriage solemnization fee as established at least annually by the Watertown City Council through a budget resolution that adopts a City Fees and Charges Schedule. Said schedule shall be available to the public at the office of the Watertown City Clerk.