[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Middletown 2-8-1978 as §§ 1-10, 1-11, 2-20 and 13-1 of the 1978 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Before any elected or appointed officer enters upon the duties of his office, he shall take an oath or affirmation to be administered by some person qualified to administer oaths. He shall receive from the person administering such oath or affirmation a certificate that the same has been administered according to law and shall file the same with the City/Town Clerk, provided that when any such oath shall be administered at any meeting of the Common Council, a record of the fact as part of the proceedings of such meeting naming the person present and sworn shall be sufficient without a certificate.
The form of oath or affirmation as provided by the General Statutes shall be as follows:
"You (name) solemnly swear that you will faithfully discharge, according to law, your duties as (name of office) of the City of Middletown to the best of your ability; so help you God." Or: "You (name) solemnly and sincerely affirm and declare that you will faithfully discharge, according to law, your duties as (name of office) of the City of Middletown to the best of your ability; upon the pains and penalties of perjury or false statement."
Any officer required to give a surety bond shall not perform the duties of his office until a bond has been obtained. Such bond shall be obtained by and kept on file by the Finance Department. The premium and other expense of such bonds shall be paid by the City. The bonds shall be in such amounts as may be approved by the Common Council or a committee thereof.
All surety bonds of City officers shall be taken to the City and conditioned for the faithful performance of the duties of the office of the officer giving the same, shall contain no conditions or provisions exempting the surety from liability or limiting the liability of the surety thereon in the event that the City or its representatives do or fail to do certain acts, and, where the term of the office or the officer giving the same is fixed by election or appointment, shall be so drawn as to cover the entire term of such office and until the duties of such officer under such election or appointment are completed.
No personal surety shall be accepted. The surety of such bonds shall be a corporation authorized under the laws of the state to transact the business of a surety within the state.
[Amended 5-6-1996; 3-3-1997]
There shall be 90 Justices of the Peace for the City of Middletown. Any vacancy shall be filled in accordance with C.G.S. § 51-95, as amended.
Pursuant to the C.G.S. § 9-185, the Mayor is authorized to appoint not more than seven constables in lieu of constables to be elected under C.G.S. § 9-200. Such constables may be appointed for two-year terms and shall have powers and duties as prescribed by the Connecticut General Statutes.
Appointment. The Mayor, with the confirmation of the Common Council, shall appoint a Director of Health in accordance with the provisions of C.G.S. § 19a-200 et seq., as amended, governing municipal health authorities.
Duties. The Director of Health shall perform all duties of City Director of Health as required by law. The Director of Health shall be the official charged with the enforcement of the health laws in the City. The Director of Health shall be the Registrar of Vital Statistics for the City and Town of Middletown, having all the powers, privileges and duties of said office.
Complaints. The Director of Health may require any complaint of a violation of any law enforced by the Health Department to be set forth in writing in detail and signed by the complainant, unless otherwise provided by statute.
There shall be one Deputy Director of Public Works.
The Zoning/Wetlands Officer shall have the duty and authority to enforce the Middletown zoning and subdivision regulations.