Regular Town elections shall be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November in each odd-numbered year. All officials duly elected at such regular Town elections, upon qualification, shall take office on the Tuesday following their election and they shall hold offices until their successors have been chosen and qualified. All elected Town officials and all members of boards and commissions shall have the powers and duties prescribed by law except as otherwise provided in this Charter.
At each regular Town election there shall be elected in accordance with the provisions of the Connecticut General Statutes for a term of two years the following: a Mayor, eight Councilors, two Constables, and as hereinafter defined, a Board of Education and a Board of Fire Commissioners.
Board of Education. The Board of Education shall continue to have such powers and duties as are or may be imposed or vested by the Connecticut General Statutes upon boards of education in the several towns, which statutes shall prevail over any provisions of this Charter in event of conflict, and it shall have the power to appoint and remove its nonprofessional employees in accordance with Article IX of this Charter. There shall be nine members of the Board of Education. Members in office on the effective date of this revision shall continue in office until their terms expire. At each regular biennial Town election, nine members of the Board of Education shall be elected for a term of two years and until their successors are chosen and qualified, in accordance with provisions of Section 9-204 of the Connecticut General Statutes.
Board of Fire Commissioners. There shall be a Board of Fire Commissioners consisting of three members who shall have the powers and duties vested in it by this Charter and such as have been or may hereafter be conferred on it by the Connecticut General Statutes or by ordinance. The Board is specifically authorized to delegate authority to the Fire Chief(s). Members shall serve for four-year staggered terms and until their successors are chosen and qualified.
The Board of Fire Commissioners shall supervise, maintain and care for all Fire Department buildings and fire equipment of said Department; shall appoint fire chief(s) and such other officers and personnel as it deems necessary; shall recommend the purchase of additional apparatus and equipment when needed; shall purchase additional apparatus and equipment when duly authorized; and shall annually prepare and submit to the Manager a budget for the maintenance and care of the equipment and buildings of said Fire Department. The Board of Fire Commissioners' role shall include acting as final board of appeal for personnel matters from within the Fire Department. This function shall not be delegated.
The members of said Commission shall make inspections of the Department at least twice a year and shall make an annual report to the Town of the Department's operations during the preceding year, and shall include in such report a statement of the operative status condition of the Fire Department as determined by such inspections.
The members of said Commission, when possible, should attend all fires that occur in Town, to observe the condition of the apparatus and the efficiency of said Department. They shall have no authority, other than that specifically provided herein, to direct the operation of the Department at any time. The Fire Department may take apparatus out of Town with approval of at least one Commissioner. The Board may delegate this authority to the Fire Chief.
At each regular Town election no political party shall nominate and no elector shall vote for more than the Mayor, five members of Council, and the number of members of the Board of Education and of the Board of Fire Commissioners as shall be determined by the provisions of this Charter and the Connecticut General Statutes. Each political party shall nominate 1/2 of the total number of Constables as are to be elected and no elector shall vote for more than one Constable, and, unless there are independent candidates for these offices, one vote shall be sufficient to elect them.
Election of all officials mentioned in this section, except the Mayor, shall be determined in accordance with minority representation provisions of the Connecticut General Statutes.
Vacancies in elective offices, except in the Board of Education, from whatever cause arising, shall be filled by the Council for the period until the end of the vacated term. Vacancies in the Board of Education shall be filled by the Board of Education for the period until the end of the vacated term. In filling any vacancy the Council, and the Board of Education, shall select a person of the same political party as that of the former incumbent. If said former incumbent was elected as an independent candidate, the vacancy shall be filled by an elector not enrolled in any political party except as provided otherwise by the Connecticut General Statutes. Any member of the Board of Fire Commissioners elected to fill a vacancy at a regular Town election shall serve for the remaining term of the former incumbent and until the successor has been chosen and qualified.
In addition to the procedure for the nomination of candidates provided for in this Charter and the Connecticut General Statutes, any elector of the Town may have his or her name appear on the ballot in a line designated "Independent" provided the elector follows the requirements for such candidates as set forth in the Connecticut General Statutes.
Each candidate for elective office shall be a resident and an elector of the Town, and if any elected official at any time shall cease to be a resident of the Town said elected official shall be deemed to have vacated the office.