Commencing with the first municipal election following the passage of this charter provision, the Mayor's term of office shall be four (4) years. The Mayor's Office shall consist of the Mayor and the following staff: an Administrative Assistant, a Corporation Counsel and such other Staff as the Mayor may deem necessary. All such staff of the Mayor's Office shall be appointed by the Mayor and may be removed by the Mayor and shall not be included in the classified service. All classified employees working in the Mayor's Office shall not be considered to be part of the Mayor's Staff as defined in this Section.
The Mayor shall receive such compensation as shall be fixed by the Common Council.
The Mayor shall be the chief executive officer of the City and shall devote full time to the duties of the office. Full time shall mean primary occupation. Except as otherwise provided by law, the Mayor shall be a voting member of all Boards, Agencies and Commissions appointed by the Mayor. As such, the Mayor shall be entitled to cast one vote. Except as otherwise provided by law, the Mayor shall be directly responsible for the administration of all Departments, Agencies and Offices, in charge of persons or Boards appointed by the Mayor and shall supervise and direct the same. The Mayor shall see that all laws and ordinances governing the City are faithfully executed; shall make periodic reports to the Common Council and shall attend and participate in its meetings as provided by this Charter; shall prepare and cause to be made available to the public, as soon as possible after the close of the fiscal year, an annual City report which shall include a summary of the activities of each City department during the preceding year and a statement of the departments’ goals for the next year; shall recommend to the Council such measures as the Mayor may deem necessary or expedient including, but not limited to, measures to organize or reorganize the Departments and Agencies of the City; shall keep the Council fully advised as to the financial condition of the City; shall prepare and submit to the Council an annual budget and such additions, deletions or amendments to the separate budgets provided for in Chapter VI, Section 2; shall negotiate for the purchase of real estate and take options on such real estate in behalf of the City, provided that the Mayor shall expend no more than the amount set by Council ordinance for any one option; and shall exercise such other powers and duties as may be required of the Mayor by ordinance or resolution of the Council not inconsistent with this Charter.
The Council shall not diminish by ordinance, vote or otherwise, the powers and duties of the Mayor, except those powers and duties imposed on the Mayor by the Council under provisions of this Section. The Mayor shall have the power to sign contracts approved by the Common Council, deeds and other instruments or documents and the Mayor shall have the power to administer oaths. The Mayor shall be the presiding officer of the Common Council and, as such, shall have the power to resolve a tie vote of the Common Council and, in addition, may veto any ordinance or appropriation passed by the Common Council and, in the event the Mayor shall veto any such ordinance or appropriation, the Mayor shall return the same to the Common Council within five (5) days, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and Municipal holidays, following the adoption of such vote with a statement in writing of the Mayor's objections thereto. If the Common Council, by a vote of two-thirds of the members present and voting at a special meeting called for that purpose within 10 days, excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and Municipal holidays, following receipt of the Mayor's veto, shall readopt said ordinance or appropriation, it shall thereupon be effective as so readopted.
Upon commencement of the Mayor's term of office, the Mayor shall appoint a Deputy Mayor who shall be a member of the Common Council and shall be of the same Political party as the Mayor, unless there are no Council members of the same party, in which case the Mayor may appoint any member of the Council. Said appointment shall be subject to confirmation by the Common Council. The Deputy Mayor shall act as Mayor during any temporary vacancy in the Office of Mayor or until a permanent vacancy in the Office of Mayor has been filled as provided for in Chapter II, Section 8 of this Charter. The salary of the Deputy Mayor shall be determined by the Common Council.
The following officers shall be appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Common Council: (i) City/Town Clerk; (ii) Tax Collector; and (iii) Tax Assessor. Each said officer shall have the powers and duties vested in each said officer by the laws of the State of Connecticut and pursuant to ordinances adopted by the Common Council. They shall devote full time to the duties of their respective offices. Full time shall mean primary occupation.
There shall be such other Officers of the City as may be deemed necessary by the Mayor and the Common Council and whose duties and powers shall be defined by ordinance. All such officers shall be appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Common Council.
The Mayor shall have the power to remove or discipline non-elected officers as provided for in Chapter V, Section 4.
There shall be a City Treasurer who shall have and exercise all the powers and duties prescribed for Treasurers of Towns and Cities by the General Statutes and additional powers and duties as may be prescribed by the Common Council.
The power and duties of the Registrars of Voters and members of the Board of Assessment Appeals shall be as provided by law and not inconsistent with this Charter and may be provided by ordinance.
All powers and duties had and performed under the law by the Selectmen of any town, except such as are imposed upon them by the Constitution and the General Statutes relative to the admission of persons to the privileges of electors, shall be had and performed by the Common Council or as otherwise provided herein. The Common Council shall provide for the performance of all such functions by ordinance, bylaw, or otherwise, as it shall determine.
There shall be a nine (9) member Board of Education which shall have such duties and powers as may be imposed by law. Members of such Board, shall be elected in place of the members whose terms expire, each for a term of four years. Each elector may vote for the full number of members to be elected to each term and the candidates receiving the greatest number of votes shall be elected, except that when the number of members of any one political party who would be elected without regard to Section 9-167a of the General Statutes exceeds the maximum number, as determined by said Section, then only the candidates of such political party with the highest number of votes up to the limit of such maximum shall be elected. The next highest ranking candidates, not from such political party, shall be elected, up to the number of places to be filled in such election.
The Office of the City Attorney shall have the authority, with the approval of the Mayor and Council, to refer to the Corporation Counsel questions of law involving the powers, obligations, and/or duties of any City officer, department, agency, board or commission if, in its discretion, said questions relate to political matters or those which involve a potential conflict of interest.