City of Pittsfield, MA
Berkshire County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
CHARTER REFERENCES
Organization of City agencies — See § 6-1.
GENERAL REFERENCES
Administration — See Ch. 2.
Personnel — See Ch. 16.
Police Department — See Ch. 18.
[Ord. No. 104, § 2; Ord. No. 808, § I, 9-25-1996]
Whenever the following terms are used in this chapter, they shall have the meaning respectively ascribed to them in this section, unless otherwise expressly provided, or unless a different meaning is reasonably and clearly apparent from the language or context:
AGENCY
The emergency management agency.
CHAPTER 639
Acts of 1950, chapter 639, as now in force, together with any acts in amendment or continuation of or substitution for such chapter 639.
COUNCIL
The emergency management agency advisory council.
DIRECTOR
The director of the emergency management agency.
[Ord. No. 104, § 1, Ord. No. 808, § I, 9-25-1996]
There is hereby established an agency to be known as the emergency management agency.
[Ord. No. 104, § 4; Ord. No. 808, § I, 9-25-1996]
It shall be the function of the emergency management agency to have charge of emergency management as defined in Acts of 1950, Chapter 639, and to carry out and perform all emergency management functions and duties as authorized or directed by such Chapter 639 and any acts in amendment or in addition thereto, and as authorized or directed by any and all executive orders or general regulation promulgated thereunder, and to exercise any authority delegated to it by the governor under Chapter 639.
[Ord. No. 104, § 5; Ord. No. 266, § 1, 11-12-1976; Ord. No. 289, § 1, 7-29-1977; Ord. No. 808, §§ I, II, 9-25-1996]
The emergency management agency shall be under the direction of a director of emergency management, who shall be appointed by the mayor as prescribed by law, with the approval of the city council. The director shall have direct responsibility for the organization, administration and operation of the department, subject to the direction and control of the mayor. The director may make such expenditures as may be necessary to execute effectively the purposes of the Acts of 1950, Chapter 639, and of this chapter, and any acts in amendment or addition to such law or this chapter.
In the event federal reimbursement now made shall cease, said salary would no longer be paid to the director as aforesaid. Such salary or any other salary can then be restored only by appropriate action of the mayor and city council.
[Ord. No. 104, § 6; Ord. No. 808, § I, 9-25-1996]
The director of the emergency management agency may, within the limits of the amount appropriated therefor, appoint district coordinators and such experts, clerks and other assistants as the work of the emergency management agency may require, and may remove them at his pleasure. Such personnel shall receive such salary or compensation as may be fixed from time to time by ordinance.
[Ord. No. 104, § 7; Ord. No. 808, § I, 9-25-1996]
There is hereby established an emergency management agency advisory council. Such council shall serve without pay, and shall consist of such persons as may be appointed thereto from time to time by the mayor, without limit as to the number thereof. All members shall serve at the pleasure of the mayor. The mayor shall designate one member of such council to be its chairman, and one member to be its secretary. Such council shall serve subject to the direction and control of the mayor and shall advise the mayor and the director on matters pertaining to emergency management, but it shall have no control of, or authority over the emergency management agency or its director.
[Ord. No. 104, § 8; Ord. No. 808, § I, 9-25-1996]
The director of emergency management agency shall have the authority to accept and 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 other person, subject to the terms of the offer 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. This chapter shall not authorize the director to receive or accept any gift or grant of real estate or of any interest therein.
[Ord. No. 104, § 9]
Subject to the approval of the mayor, 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.
[Ord. No. 64, 9-10-1968, § 1; Ord. No. 808, § I, 9-25-1996]
Auxiliary police appointed by the mayor and city council shall, when placed on duty by order of the chief of police, exercise or perform the full powers or duties of regular police officers. These powers shall terminate when the auxiliary police are relieved from duty by the chief of police. These powers will include the carrying of firearms only when specified by the chief of police. Exceptions to these powers are:
(1) 
That auxiliaries are not authorized to enter upon private property for the purpose of enforcing air raid precaution rules, regulations or orders issued by or under authority of the governor; nor
(2) 
Shall they be called upon for service in any industrial or labor dispute or to regulate picketing in connection with a strike; nor
(3) 
Shall they perform any act or duty in violation of the general laws of the commonwealth and any amendments thereto.
[Ord. No. 104, § 10]
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.