Town of Wethersfield, CT
Hartford County
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There shall be a Department of Finance, consisting of the Director of Finance and such other employees as the Council may determine. In addition to other duties described below, the Director of Finance shall also have the powers of a Deputy Town Treasurer. It shall be the duty of the Director of Finance to install, maintain and operate for the town a modern municipal accounting system showing the current condition of all funds and appropriations; to file with the Manager and Council, monthly, on or before such day as the Council shall determine, a report of the financial transactions of the fiscal year to date, showing the amount of each appropriation, the charges against and credits to the same and the unencumbered balance therein at the end of the fiscal period being reported on; to prepare and file, with the Manager and Council, within one hundred twenty (120) days of the conclusion of each fiscal year, a report covering all financial transactions of the town for such fiscal year, the Council may extend the deadline for such report for up to two (2) periods of thirty (30) days per extension; to prescribe the form of accounts to be kept by each department, office, board, commission and agency of the town, except the Board of Education, and the times at which and manner in which moneys collected on the town's account, by any such department, officer, board, commission or agency, shall be paid into the town treasury; and to perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Council, by ordinance, or by the orders of the Manager, consistent therewith (see Section 716).
There shall be a Department of Public Safety, which shall consist of the Divisions of Police, Fire, and Building Inspection. The head of the Department of Public Safety shall be the Director of Public Safety, who, until the Council determines otherwise, shall be the Manager. The Director of Public Safety shall be the traffic authority, as defined in the General Statutes.
(a) 
Division of Police. There shall be a Division of Police, consisting of the Chief of Police and such other officers and employees of such ranks and grades as the Council may determine. The Division of Police shall be responsible for the preservation of the public peace; prevention of crime; apprehension of criminals; regulation of traffic; protection of rights of persons and property; and enforcement of the laws of the state and the ordinances of the town and all rules and regulations made in accordance therewith. All sworn officers or all police officers within the Division shall have the same powers and duties, with respect to the service of criminal process and enforcement of criminal laws, as are vested in police officers by General Statutes. The duties of the Animal Control Officer, as provided in the General Statutes, shall be assumed by the Division of Police. The Chief of Police shall be the executive officer of the Division of Police and shall assign all members of the Division to their respective posts, shifts, details and duties, shall be responsible for the care and custody of all property used by the Division and for the efficiency, discipline and good conduct of its members and shall make rules for the operation of the Division and the conduct of police work, subject to the approval of the Director of Public Safety. The violation of these rules by any member of the Division shall be punishable by appropriate disciplinary action, which may include loss of pay, suspension from duty and removal, provided that no member of the Division shall be suspended by the Chief for more than ten (10) days, without the approval of the Director of Safety, and no suspension for more than thirty (30) days or removal shall be made, except in accordance with the provisions of Chapter VIII of this Charter.
(b) 
Division of Fire. It is the intent of this Charter that Fire protection shall continue to be provided by the volunteer companies heretofore established. in the organization and conduct of which no change is contemplated. The town, however, by this Charter, reserves the right to establish or encourage the establishment of additional volunteer companies. There shall be a Fire Chief, who shall direct the operation of the fire companies at fires; institute and conduct suitable training programs for fire fighters, in cooperation with company officers; and perform such other duties as may be prescribed, by ordinance, or the orders of the Director of Public Safety. There shall be a Fire Marshal, who shall have all the powers and duties of fire marshals in towns, as provided in the General Statutes.
There shall be a Department of Public Works, consisting of the Director of Public Works, who, until the Council determines otherwise, shall be the Manager, the Town Engineer, and such other employees as the Council may determine. The Department of Public Works may have such powers and duties as are generally associated with such departments including the maintenance of public property; preparation of plans for construction of public buildings and other public structures; and shall perform such duties as may be prescribed by the Council, by ordinance or by the orders of the Manager in accordance with the Manager's powers.
There shall be a Department of Parks and Recreation, consisting of a Director of Parks and Recreation, and such other employees as the Council may determine. The Department of Parks and Recreation shall have charge of all parks, park and recreation properties and of all recreation activities of the town, except such as may be undertaken by the Board of Education, provided that the ordinary care and maintenance of park grounds and buildings shall be furnished by the Department of Public Works, as provided in Section 603. The Director of Parks and Recreation, with the approval of the Parks and Recreation Board (see Section 510), shall make rules for the use of parks, public grounds and recreation facilities consistent with the ordinances of the town and the statutes of the state, which shall have the force of law. It shall be the duty of the Division of Police to enforce these rules.
There shall be a Department of Health, consisting of a Director of Health, possessing the qualifications required by law for directors of health, who shall have all the powers and duties of directors of health, as provided in the General Statutes, and such employees as the Council may determine by ordinance, or the Council may choose to join a regional health district.
There shall be a Department of Social and Youth Services, consisting of a Director and such other employees as the Council may determine. The administration of all forms of human service activities shall be under the immediate direction of the Director, who shall have all the powers and duties conferred or imposed by law.
There shall be such other departments, divisions, offices and agencies organized in such manner as the Council shall determine by ordinance.