Every officer of the City and his/her assistants, and every Councilman, before entering upon the duties of his/her office, shall take and subscribe to an oath or affirmation before some court of record in the County, or the City Clerk, that he/she possesses all the qualifications prescribed for his/her office by law; that he/she will support the Constitution of the United States, and of the State of Missouri, the provisions of all laws of this State affecting Cities of this Class, and the ordinances of the City, and faithfully demean himself/herself in office; which official oath or affirmation shall be filed with the City Clerk.
[CC 1974 §2-17; Rev. Ords. 1929, No. 31 §1]
The Mayor or President Pro Tem of the City Council, Municipal Judge and City Clerk are hereby authorized and empowered to administer oaths and affirmations in the following cases:
The Mayor or President Pro Tem of the City Council, to witnesses or other persons touching any subject under consideration by the City Council in which the interest of the City is involved, or in the conduct of the trial of any condemnation proceedings or proceedings involving the abatement of nuisances.
The Municipal Judge, to witnesses, jurors or other persons relating to any trial or other proceedings within the jurisdiction of his/her court or to any elective or appointive officer to his/her official oath.
The City Clerk, to any person certifying to any demand or claim against the City, touching the correctness of the same, to any witness or juror in any court proceeding, to any elective or appointive officer to his/her official oath or to any oath which may be administered by a notary public within the City.
[CC 1974 §2-18; Ord. No. 751 §2, 5-20-1970; Ord. No. 2049, 6-13-2007]
The City Officers named in this Section shall, before entering upon the duties of their respective offices and within fifteen (15) days after their election or appointment and before entering upon the discharge of the duties of their offices, give a corporate surety bond to the City conditioned for the faithful performance of their duties, and that they will turn over to their successors in office or to the proper officer of the City all money, books, papers and personal property of whatsoever nature in their custody belonging to the City. The bonds shall be in the following sums:
All bonds required by this Section shall be approved by the Mayor, unless otherwise provided, and filed with the City Clerk, except the bond of the City Clerk which shall be held by the Mayor.
If any person elected or appointed to any office shall fail to qualify bond as required by this Section, his/her office shall be deemed vacant.
For any breach of condition of any such bonds, suit may be instituted thereon by the City or by any person in the name of the City for the use of such person.
If a vacancy occurs in any elective office other than the office of Mayor, a successor to the vacant office shall be selected by appointment by the Mayor with the advice and consent of a majority of the remaining members of the Council. The Council may adopt procedures to fill vacancies consistent with this Section. The successor shall serve until the next regular election. If a vacancy occurs in any office not elective, the Mayor shall appoint a suitable person to discharge the duties of the same until the first regular meeting of the Council thereafter, at which time the vacancy shall be permanently filled.
The Mayor may, with the consent of a majority of all the members elected to the City Council, remove from office, for cause shown, any elective officer of the City, such officer being first given opportunity, together with his/her witnesses, to be heard before the Council, sitting as a court of impeachment. Any elective officer may, in like manner, for cause shown, be removed from office by a two-thirds (⅔) vote of all the members elected to the City Council, independently of the Mayor's approval or recommendation. The Mayor may, with the consent of a majority of all the members elected to the Council, remove from office any appointive officer of the City at will; and any such appointive officer may be so removed by a two-thirds (⅔) vote of all the members elected to the Council, independently of the Mayor's approval or recommendation. The Council may pass ordinances regulating the manner of impeachment and removals.