Mayor, Qualifications - The chief executive officer of the town shall be a mayor, elected by and from the voters of the town at large. Any voter shall be eligible to hold the office of mayor. The mayor shall devote full time to the office and shall not hold any other elective public office, nor shall the mayor be engaged in any other business, occupation or profession during the period of service as mayor.
Term of Office - The term of office of the mayor shall be four years beginning on the first business day of January following the biennial town election at which chosen and until a successor is qualified.
Compensation - The town council shall, by ordinance, establish an annual salary for the mayor. No ordinance altering the salary of the mayor shall be effective unless it shall have been adopted in the first eighteen months of the term for which councillors are elected and it provides that such salary is to become effective in January of the year following the next biennial town election.
Expenses - Subject to appropriation, the mayor shall be entitled to reimbursement of the actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of the duties of the office.
Prohibitions - The mayor shall hold no other town office or town employment for which a salary or other emolument is payable from the town treasury. No former mayor shall hold any compensated appointed town office or town employment until one year following the date on which such former mayor's town service has terminated. This provision shall not prevent a town officer or other town employee who has taken a leave of absence in order to serve as mayor from returning to the same office or other position of town employment held at the time such leave of absence commenced; provided, however, no such person shall be eligible for any other municipal position until at least one year following the termination of service as mayor.
The executive powers of the town shall be vested solely in the mayor, and may be exercised by the mayor either personally or through the several town agencies under the general supervision and control of the office of the mayor. The mayor shall cause the charter, the laws, the ordinances and other orders for the government of the town to be enforced, and shall cause a record of all official acts of the executive branch of the town government to be kept.
The mayor shall exercise a general supervision and direction over all town agencies, unless otherwise provided by law, by the charter or by ordinance. Each town agency shall furnish to the mayor, forthwith upon request, any information, materials or otherwise as the mayor may request and as the needs of the office of mayor and the interest of the town may require.
The mayor shall supervise, direct and be responsible for the efficient administration of all town activities and functions placed under the control of the mayor by law, by this charter, by ordinance or otherwise. The mayor shall be responsible for the efficient and effective coordination of the activities of all agencies of the town of Weymouth and for this purpose shall have authority consistent with law, to call together for consultation, conference and discussion at reasonable times all persons serving the town, whether elected directly by the voters, chosen by persons elected directly by the voters, or otherwise.
The mayor shall be, by virtue of the office, a member of every multiple member body of the town. The mayor shall have a right, as such ex officio member, to attend any meeting of any multiple member body of the town, at any time, including, so called, executive sessions, to participate in the discussions, to make motions and to exercise every other right of a regular member of such body, but not including the right to vote.
The mayor shall appoint, subject to the review of such appointments by the town council as provided in section 2-10, all town officers, department heads and the members of multiple-member bodies for whom no other method of appointment or selection is provided by the charter, excepting only persons serving under the school committee, and persons serving under the town council. Except as may otherwise be required by the civil service law, appointments made by the mayor shall be for indefinite terms. All persons categorized as department heads shall, subject to the consent of the mayor, appoint all assistants, subordinates and other employees of the agency for which such person is responsible.
All appointments and promotions made by the mayor shall be made on the basis of merit and fitness demonstrated by examination, past performance, or by other evidence of competence and suitability. Each person appointed to fill an office or position shall be a person especially fitted by education, training and previous work experience to perform the duties of the office or position for which chosen.
Town Officers and Department Heads - The mayor may, in writing, remove or suspend any town officer, or the head of any town department appointed by the mayor by filing a written statement, with the town clerk, setting forth in precise detail the specific reasons for such removal or suspension. A copy of the written statement shall be delivered in hand, or mailed by certified mail, postage prepaid, to the last known address of the said town officer, or head of a department. The said town officer, or head of a department may make a written reply by filing such a reply statement, with the town clerk, within ten days following the date the statement of the mayor has been filed; but, such reply shall have no effect upon the removal or suspension unless the mayor shall so determine. The decision of the mayor in suspending or removing a town officer or a department head shall be final, it being the intention of this provision to vest all authority and to fix all responsibility for such suspension or removal solely in the mayor. The removal shall take effect on the thirtieth day following the date of filing in the office of the town clerk the notice of removal by the mayor.
Other Town Employees - Unless some other procedure is specified in a collective bargaining agreement or by the provisions of the civil service law, a department head may suspend or remove any assistant, subordinate or other employee of the agency for which such person is responsible in accordance with the procedures established for suspension and removal in the personnel ordinance. The decision of the department head to suspend or remove any assistant, subordinate or other employee shall be subject to review by the mayor. A person for whom a department head has determined a suspension or removal is appropriate may seek review of such determination by the mayor by filing a petition for review, in the office of the mayor, in writing, within ten days following receipt of notice of such determination. The review by the mayor shall follow the procedures established for suspension and removal in the personnel ordinance. The decision of the mayor shall be final, it being the intention of this provision to vest all authority and to fix all responsibility for such suspension or removal solely in the mayor. Nothing in this section shall be construed to be a bar to any other review as may be provided by law.
Whenever a vacancy, either temporary or permanent, occurs in a town office and the needs of the town require that such office be filled, the mayor may designate the head of another town agency or a town officer or town employee, or some other person to perform the duties of the office on a temporary basis until such time as the position can be filled as otherwise provided by law, by the charter or by ordinance. The mayor shall file a certificate in substantially the following form, with the town clerk, whenever a person is designated under this section:
Communications to the Town Council - Within twelve weeks following the start of each fiscal year the mayor shall submit to the town council, and make available for public distribution, a complete report on the financial and administrative activities of the town for the preceding fiscal year. The mayor shall, from time to time throughout the year, by written communications, recommend to the town council for its consideration such measures as, in the judgment of the mayor, the needs of the town require. The mayor shall, from time to time throughout the year by written communications, keep the town council fully informed of the financial and administrative condition of the town and shall specifically indicate in any such reports any fiscal, financial or administrative problems of the town.
Special Meetings of the Town Council - The mayor may at any time call a special meeting of the town council, for any purpose, by causing a notice of such meeting to be delivered in hand or to the place of business or residence of each member of the town council. Such notice shall, except in an emergency of which the mayor shall be the sole judge, be delivered at least forty-eight weekday hours in advance of the time set and shall specify the purpose or purposes for which the meeting is to be held. A copy of each such notice shall, forthwith, be posted on the town bulletin board.
Every order, ordinance, resolution or vote adopted or passed by the town council relative to the affairs of the town, except memorial resolutions, the selection of town officers by the town council and any matters relating to the internal affairs of the town council, shall be presented to the mayor for approval. If the mayor approves of the measure the mayor shall sign it; if the mayor disapproves of the measure the mayor shall return the measure, with the specific reason or reasons for such disapproval attached thereto, in writing, to the town council. The town council shall enter the objections of the mayor on its records, and not sooner than ten days, nor after thirty days from the date of its return to the town council, shall again consider the same measure. If the town council, notwithstanding such disapproval, by the mayor, shall again pass the order, ordinance, resolution or vote by a two-thirds vote of the full council, it shall then be deemed in force, notwithstanding the failure of the mayor to approve the same. If the mayor has neither signed a measure nor returned it to the town council within ten days following the date it was presented to the mayor, the measure shall be deemed approved and in force.
Acting Mayor - Whenever, by reason of sickness, absence from the town or other cause, the mayor shall be unable to perform the duties of the office for a period of more than ten successive working days, the president of the town council shall be the acting mayor. In the event of the absence or disability of the president of the town council, the vice-president of the town council shall serve as acting mayor.
The mayor shall, by a letter filed with the town council and a copy filed with the town clerk, designate a qualified town officer or town employee to serve as acting mayor during the temporary absence of the mayor for periods of ten days or less and to serve only when the needs of the town require and only to the extent necessary under the then circumstances.
Powers of Acting Mayor - The acting mayor shall have only those powers of the mayor as are indispensably essential to the conduct of the business of the town in an orderly and efficient manner and on which action may not be delayed. The acting mayor shall have no authority to make any permanent appointment or removal from town service unless the disability of the mayor shall extend beyond sixty days nor shall an acting mayor approve or disapprove of any measure adopted by the town council unless the time within which the mayor must act would expire before the return of the mayor. During any period in which any member of the town council is serving as acting mayor, such councillor shall not vote as a member of the town council.
The mayor may authorize any subordinate officer or employee of the town to exercise any power or perform any function or any duty which is assigned by this charter, or otherwise, to the mayor and the mayor may rescind or revoke any such authorizations previously made, provided, however, that all acts performed under any such delegation of authority during such period of authorization shall be and remain the acts of the mayor. Nothing in this section shall be construed to authorize a mayor to delegate the power of appointment to town office or employment or to sign or return measures approved by the town council.
Special Election - If a vacancy in the office of mayor occurs during the first three years of the term for which the mayor is elected, whether by reason of death, resignation, removal from office, incapacity, or otherwise, the town council shall forthwith, in the manner provided in section 7-1, order a special election to be held within ninety days following the date the vacancy is created, to fill such vacancy for the balance of the then unexpired term. If a regular town election is to be held within one hundred and twenty days following the date the vacancy is created a special election need not be held and the position shall be filled by vote at such regular election.
Council Election - If a vacancy in the office of mayor occurs in the fourth year of the term for which the mayor is elected, whether by reason of death, resignation, removal from office, or otherwise, the president of the town council shall become the mayor. Upon the qualification of the president of the town council as the mayor, under this section, a vacancy shall exist in that council seat on the town council which shall be filled in the manner provided in section 2-11. A council president serving as mayor under this sub-section shall not be subject to the restrictions contained in the third sentence of section 3-1(a), nor shall such person be entitled to have the words "candidate for re-election" printed against their name on the election ballot.
Powers, Term of Office - The mayor elected under Section 3-9(a) or (b) shall have all the powers of the mayor. A person elected pursuant to subsection (a), above, shall serve for the balance of the term unexpired at the time of election to the office. A person chosen pursuant to subsection (b), above, shall serve until the time of the next regular election at which time the person elected to fill the office for the ensuing term of office shall serve, in addition, for the balance of the then unexpired term.