[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Aldermen of the City of Melrose as Rev. Ords. 1989, §§ 6-1 to 6-7; amended by Ord. No. 99-250. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 8-21-2017 by Ord. No. 2018-4]
The Department of Emergency Management is established in accordance with § A-304 of the Melrose Administrative Code.
The Department shall be under the direction of a Director of Emergency Management, hereinafter called the "Director," who shall be appointed by the Mayor. The Director shall have direct responsibility for the organization, administration and operation of the Department, subject to the direction and control of the Mayor, and, subject to appropriation of the necessary funds therefor, shall receive such salary as may be fixed, from time to time, by the Mayor. The Director may, within the limits of the amount appropriated therefor, appoint such experts, clerks and other assistants as the work of the Department may require and may remove them and may make such expenditures as may be necessary to execute effectively the purposes of Chapter 639, Acts of 1950.
The Director shall also have authority to appoint district coordinators and may accept and may receive, on behalf of the City, services, equipment, supplies, materials or funds by way of gift, grant or loan for purposes of emergency management offered by the federal government or any agency or officer thereof or any person, firm or corporation, subject to the terms of the officer and the rules and regulations, if any, of the agency making the offer. The Director shall cause appropriate records to be kept of all matters relating to such gifts, grants or loans.
There is hereby established an Emergency Management Advisory Council, hereinafter called the "Council." The Council shall serve without pay and shall consist of the Director of Emergency Management and such other department heads and such other persons as the Mayor may deem necessary. Such member of the Council as the Mayor may designate shall serve as Chair of the Council. The Council shall serve subject to the direction and control of the Mayor and shall advise the Mayor and the directors on matters pertaining to emergency management.
Persons appointed to serve as auxiliary police officers of the City under authority of Clause (a) of Section 11 of Chapter 639 of the Acts of 1950 shall, while on duty, and subject to the provisions of such Chapter 639, have all the powers of regular police officers of the City. The terms of all persons so appointed shall expire on the first Monday in March next following the date of their appointment.
The Police Department is hereby authorized to go to aid another city or town at the request of such city or town in the suppression of riots or other forms of violence therein.
This chapter shall remain in force during the effective period of Chapter 639, Acts of 1950, and any act in amendment or continuation thereof or substitution therefor.
All references to Chapter 639, Acts of 1950, as now in force, shall be applicable to any act or acts in amendment or continuation of or substitution for such Chapter 639.