City of Wildwood, MO
St. Louis County
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The executive power in the City shall be vested in a Mayor who shall be recognized as the head of the City for all legal and ceremonial purposes and by the Governor of Missouri for all purposes of military law.
(a) 
Representation. The Mayor shall be elected by the City at-large.
(b) 
Qualifications. The Mayor shall be a registered voter and a resident of the City, be at least twenty-five (25) years old and shall have been a resident of the City for at least two (2) years prior to election.
(c) 
Term Of Office. The Mayor shall be elected for a term of four (4) years.
(d) 
Limitation Of Terms. No person shall be elected to serve more than eight (8) years total as Mayor. In applying this Section, service as Mayor resulting from an election prior to April 3, 2018, or service of less than four (4) years by a person elected or appointed after the effective date of this Section to complete the term of another person, shall not be counted.
[Ord. No. 2310, 10-23-2017[1]]
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Editor's Note: The change to this Section was approved by a majority of the electorate at the election on 4-3-2018.
The Council shall determine compensation of the Mayor by ordinance, but no change in such compensation shall become effective for the office of Mayor until commencement of a new term of office. The Mayor may receive reasonable reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of duties as Mayor, provided that such expenses are supported by appropriate documentation.
(a) 
Holding Other Office. Except where authorized by law or pursuant to an agreement between the City and another entity of government, the Mayor shall not hold any other elective City office, compensated City office, or City employment while serving in the term for which he or she was elected or appointed. No former Mayor shall hold any compensated appointive City office or City employment until one (1) year after leaving office.
(b) 
Appointments, Hirings And Removals. The Mayor shall not in any manner dictate the appointment, hiring or removal of any City administrative officer or employee, whom the City Administrator or any of his or her subordinates are empowered to appoint or hire as established in this Charter. The Mayor may express his or her views and discuss with the City Administrator anything pertaining to the appointment, hiring or removal of such officer or employee.
(c) 
Interference With Administration. Except for the purpose of investigations as established by this Charter, the Mayor shall not interfere with administrative City officers or employees who are subject to the direction and supervision of the City Administrator. The Mayor shall not give any orders to any such officer or employee, either publicly or privately.
(a) 
Vacancy. The office of Mayor shall become vacant upon the death or resignation of the Mayor, or by his or her forfeiture of or removal from office in any manner authorized by law.
(b) 
Forfeiture Of Office. The Mayor shall forfeit his or her office if at any time during the term of office the Mayor: (1) lacks any qualification for the office prescribed by this Charter or by law, (2) violates any prohibition of this Charter, (3) is convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude, or (4) is in default in any unpaid taxes, fines or financial obligations to the City.
(c) 
Filling Of Vacancy. Any vacancy of the Office of Mayor shall be filled by the Mayor Pro Tempore until the next general municipal election for which the full filing period remains. The election to fill the vacated office shall be for a full term. Upon the Mayor Pro Tempore assuming the Office of Mayor, the Council seat thereby vacated by the Mayor Pro Tempore shall be filled in the manner provided by this Charter for a vacancy in the Council.
(a) 
Administrative Policy Matters. The Mayor shall have the responsibility of discussing with the City Administrator any and all policy matters and shall have the responsibility of interpreting City policy, subject to review by the Council as it deems necessary. The Mayor may recommend improvements in City operations and shall advise the Council as to any deficiencies.
(b) 
Review Of City Administrator. The Mayor shall preside as chairman of the City Council's review of the City Administrator's performance as provided in this Charter. The Mayor shall have a vote in such proceedings.
(c) 
Removal Of City Administrator. The Mayor may recommend removal of the City Administrator, but in such case where he or she recommends removal, shall not preside over any hearing or administrative proceeding for such action. In all other cases of such hearing, the Mayor shall serve as presiding officer.
(d) 
Presiding At Meetings. The Mayor shall preside at meetings of the Council, but he or she shall have the right to vote only in case of a tie. The Mayor may call special meetings of the Council as provided in this Charter.
(e) 
Report By The Mayor. The Mayor shall, at the beginning of each fiscal year and may at any other time, give the Council information as to the affairs of the City and any other recommendations he or she may have.
(f) 
Veto Power. The Mayor shall have the power of veto as established by this Charter.
(g) 
Enforcement Of Provisions, Laws And Resolutions. The Mayor shall see that all laws, provisions of the Charter and acts of the Council, subject to enforcement by the Mayor or by officers of the City, are faithfully executed.
(h) 
Additional Powers And Duties. The Mayor shall exercise such other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by this Charter, by ordinance or by law.
[Ord. No. 1473 § 2, passed in election of April 8, 2008]
(a) 
Officers, Boards, Commissions, Committees. The Mayor with advice and consent of a majority of the members of the City Council shall appoint or recommend removal of all officers and members of committees, boards, and commissions, except as provided by this Charter, ordinance or other law. The Council may, without the consent of the Mayor, remove such officers and members by a vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the members of the City Council. A vacancy in any office or on any board, commission or committee shall be filled for the unexpired term. The Mayor, no later than thirty (30) days following a vacancy occurring, with advice and consent of a majority of the members of the City Council, shall appoint a replacement to fill the position for the unexpired term. If the City Council fails to consent to the appointment, the Mayor shall make an appointment of a different replacement within thirty (30) days of the Council's failure to consent and continue this process until such time as a majority of the members of the City Council consents to an appointment. No person shall be appointed to serve more than two (2) full terms on any committee, board or commission; provided, however, no time of service resulting from an appointment made prior to April 3, 2018, or service of less than a full term, shall be counted.
[Ord. No. 2312, 10-23-2017[1]]
[1]
Editor's Note: The change to this Section was approved by a majority of the electorate at the election on 4-3-2018.
(b) 
City Clerk. The Mayor with advice and consent of a majority of the members of the City Council shall appoint an officer as City Clerk, who shall serve an indefinite term of office at the pleasure of the Mayor and of the Council. The performance of the City Clerk shall be reviewed annually by the Mayor, the Council, and the City Administrator. The Council shall fix by ordinance the compensation and conditions of employment of the City Clerk. The City Clerk shall maintain the journal of the Council proceedings, authenticate by signature of the City Clerk all ordinances, resolutions and orders and record them in full in a book maintained for that purpose. The City Clerk shall also perform such other duties as may be required by law, by this Charter or by the Council.
(c) 
City Attorney. The Mayor with advice and consent of a majority of the members of the City Council shall appoint an officer as City Attorney, who shall serve an indefinite term of office at the pleasure of the Mayor and of the Council. The performance of the City Attorney shall be reviewed annually by the Mayor, the Council, and the City Administrator. The Council shall fix by ordinance the compensation of the City Attorney. The City Attorney shall be licensed to practice law in the State of Missouri. The City Attorney shall serve as the chief legal officer for the City and shall have duties as may be assigned by law or by the Council.
(d) 
Assistant City Attorneys. The Mayor with advice and consent of a majority of the members of the City Council shall appoint any assistant City Attorneys at any time as may be deemed necessary. The Council shall fix by ordinance the compensation of an Assistant City Attorney. An Assistant City Attorney shall serve an indefinite term of office at the pleasure of the Mayor and of the Council.
(e) 
Prosecuting Attorney. The Mayor with advice and consent of a majority of the members of the City Council shall appoint an officer as Prosecuting Attorney, who shall serve an indefinite term of office at the pleasure of the Mayor and of the Council. The performance of the Prosecuting Attorney shall be reviewed annually by the Mayor, the Council, and the City Administrator. The Council shall fix by ordinance the compensation of the Prosecuting Attorney. The Prosecuting Attorney shall be licensed to practice law in the State of Missouri. The Prosecuting Attorney shall, on behalf of the City, prosecute violations of the ordinances of the City of Wildwood before the Municipal Judge and handle any appeals therefrom. The Prosecuting Attorney shall have such duties as may be assigned by law or by the Council.
(f) 
Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys. The Mayor with advice and consent of a majority of the members of the City Council shall appoint any assistant Prosecuting Attorneys at any time as may be deemed necessary. The Council shall fix by ordinance the compensation of an assistant Prosecuting Attorney. An Assistant Prosecuting Attorney shall serve an indefinite term of office at the pleasure of the Mayor and of the Council.
(g) 
Municipal Judge. The Mayor with advice and consent of a majority of the members of the City Council shall appoint an officer as Municipal Judge. The Municipal Judge shall serve a term of two (2) years. The Council shall fix by ordinance the compensation of the Municipal Judge. The Municipal Judge shall be licensed to practice law in the State of Missouri. The Municipal Judge shall meet the qualifications established by law and shall have such powers and duties as are conferred upon such officers by the laws of the State of Missouri.
(h) 
Provisional Municipal Judge. The Mayor with advice and consent of a majority of the members of the City Council shall appoint an officer as Provisional Municipal Judge. The Provisional Municipal Judge shall serve a term of two (2) years. The Council shall fix by ordinance the compensation of the Provisional Municipal Judge. The Provisional Municipal Judge shall serve as the Municipal Judge with the same powers and qualifications as the Municipal Judge in the event that the Municipal Judge is unable to perform such duties of office due to absence, illness, vacancy in the office, or disqualification to hear certain matters.
(i) 
City Treasurer. The Mayor with advice and consent of a majority of the members of the City Council shall appoint an officer as City Treasurer, who shall serve an indefinite term of office at the pleasure of the Mayor and of the Council. The performance of the City Treasurer shall be reviewed annually by the Mayor, the Council, and the City Administrator. The Council shall fix by ordinance the compensation of the City Treasurer. The City Treasurer must reside in the City of Wildwood. The powers, qualifications and duties of the City Treasurer shall be determined by the Council and shall include open access to all financial records of the City.
(j) 
City Marshal. The Mayor with advice and consent of a majority of the members of the City Council shall appoint an officer as City Marshal, who shall serve an indefinite term of office at the pleasure of the Mayor and of the Council. The performance of the City Marshal shall be reviewed annually by the Mayor, the Council, and the City Administrator. The Council shall fix by ordinance the compensation of the City Marshal. The City Marshal must reside in the City of Wildwood. The City Marshal shall act as liaison between the police and the Council, shall oversee the budgets for police protection and chair the Board of Public Safety. The City Marshal shall have any other powers and duties as provided by law, by ordinance or by the Council.
(k) 
Should the Mayor fail to make an appointment pursuant to the requirements of Sections 3.5(c), 4.7(a) or 7.2(b) of this Charter within forty-five (45) days from the occurrence of a vacancy or within forty-five (45) days from any failure of the City Council to consent to the Mayor's appointment to fill such vacancy, nominations of a successor may be made by any member of the City Council and selected with the consent of a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the remaining members of the City Council. The City Council may adopt procedures to fill vacancies consistent with this Section.
[Ord. No. 2313, 10-23-2017[2]]
[2]
Editor's Note: The change to this Section was approved by a majority of the electorate at the election on 4-3-2018.
The Council shall elect annually from its members a Mayor Pro Tempore, who shall preside at Council meetings not attended by the Mayor. Whenever the Mayor files with the City Clerk a written statement that he or she shall be unable to fully discharge his or her powers and duties as Mayor due to absence, disability or otherwise, the Mayor Pro Tempore shall act as Mayor until the Mayor shall file a contrary statement. When the Mayor is absent and no such statement has been filed, the Council may by an affirmative roll-call vote of a least three-fourths (3/4) of the members of the City Council direct that the Mayor Pro Tempore shall act as Mayor until the earlier of the next meeting or the Mayor's filing with the City Clerk a statement of his ability to resume office. The Mayor Pro Tempore acting as Mayor by authority of this Section shall have no power of veto, nor power to break a tie vote, and shall retain the office and duties of Council Member.