[Amended Ref. of 11-4-1997]
Pursuant to Article XXVIII of the Constitution of the State of Rhode Island (hereinafter in this Charter called "the state"), and every other power it thereunto enabling, the City of Pawtucket (hereinafter in this Charter called "the city") shall have and may exercise all powers and authority of local self-government and shall have complete powers of legislation and administration in relation to its municipal functions, including any additional powers and authority which may hereafter be granted to it. The city shall have the power to enact ordinances and to make rules and regulations necessary and proper for carrying into execution its powers; and such ordinances, rules and regulations may be made enforceable by the imposition of fines, forfeitures and penalties not exceeding such limits as may be set therefor in state law.
Annotation -- City cannot impose maximum penalty specified by this section when state legislature has established lower penalties for violations of municipal ordinances. State v. Krzak, 196 A.2d 417.
The legislative power of the city, including any such power which may hereafter be conferred on the city by amendment of the Constitution or by the laws of the state, shall be exclusively vested in and exercised by a council, except only as limited by the provisions of this Charter. The council shall be elected, shall organize and shall function as provided in this Charter.
The executive and administrative power of the city shall be exclusively vested in and exercised by a mayor and such other officers, departments, boards and commissions as are designated and authorized in this Charter. The mayor and other executive or administrative officers shall be elected or appointed as provided in this Charter.