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CITY GOVERNMENT

MAYOR/SAFETY DIRECTOR

TERM

The Mayor shall be elected at the regular Municipal election in the year 1951 and every four (4) years thereafter for a term of four (4) years, or until his or her successor is elected and qualified, commencing on the first day of January next after such election.

No person shall hold the office of Mayor for longer than three (3) successive four (4) year terms, commencing the first day of January next after the regular Municipal election in 1997.  This shall include terms served by persons before and after such election.

In the event that no candidate for Mayor receives a majority of the total votes cast for Mayor at the regular Municipal election, a run-off election shall be held on the first Tuesday in December, next following the Municipal election between the two mayoral candidates receiving the greatest number of votes in the Municipal election.  The candidate receiving a majority of the votes cast in said run-off election shall be elected Mayor.  This provision shall be effective beginning with the next regular Municipal mayoral election in 1997.

POWERS

Judicial. The Mayor shall have all the judicial powers granted by this Charter, the ordinances of the City and the laws of Ohio, to mayors of cities.

Legislative. The Mayor shall be entitled to a seat in the Council. He or she shall not have a vote in Council, but shall have the right to introduce ordinances and resolutions and to take part in the discussion of all matters coming before the Council.

Veto. Every ordinance or resolution of the Council shall be presented to the Mayor for consideration before it goes into effect. The Mayor, if he or she approves it, shall sign it and file it with the Clerk of Council. The Mayor may approve or disapprove the whole or any item of an ordinance appropriating money, but otherwise his or her approval or disapproval shall be addressed to the entire ordinance or resolution. If he or she disapproves it or any item of it, he or she shall file it with written notice of the disapproval with the Clerk of Council and said disapproval shall be entered by the Clerk of Council in the Journal of Council. Unless an ordinance or resolution is filed with the Clerk with said notice of disapproval within ten (10) days after its passage by the Council, it shall take effect as though the Mayor had signed it on the last day of said ten-day period. When the Mayor has disapproved an ordinance or resolution, or an item of it, as herein provided, the Council may, but not later than twenty-eight (28) days thereafter, reconsider the legislation vetoed by the Mayor and if, upon such reconsideration, the ordinance, resolution or item is approved by the votes of five (5) or more of the members of Council, it shall take effect notwithstanding the veto of the Mayor.

Executive. The Mayor shall be the chief executive officer of the City. He or she shall supervise the administration of the City's affairs and shall exercise control of all departments and divisions. He or she shall be the chief conservator of the peace within the City and shall see that all laws and ordinances are enforced therein. He or she shall be responsible for the preparation and submission of the annual estimate of receipts and expenditures, and of appropriation measures, and shall at all times keep the Council fully advised as to the financial condition and needs of the City. He or she shall see that all terms and conditions imposed in favor of the City or its inhabitants in any franchise or contract to which the City is a party are faithfully kept and performed. Subject to the other provisions of this Charter and of the laws of Ohio, the Mayor shall have the power to appoint, promote, transfer, reduce or remove any officer or employee of the City, except those required by this Charter to be elected. The Mayor shall execute on behalf of the City all contracts, conveyances, evidences of indebtedness and all other instruments to which the City is a party. He or she shall have the custody of the seal of the City and may affix it to all of the above-mentioned instruments, but the absence of the seal shall not affect the validity of any such instrument. The Mayor shall be recognized as the official and ceremonial head of the City's government by the Governor for military purposes, and by the courts for the purpose of serving civil processes.

CITY COUNCIL

COMPOSITION AND TERM

The Council shall consist of seven (7) members, elected at large for a term of four (4) years and until their successors are elected and qualified, beginning on the first day of January next following their election; except that of the seven (7) members elected at the regular Municipal election in 1951, the three (3) receiving the highest number of votes shall serve for four (4) years and the remaining four (4) shall each serve for two (2) years.

No person shall hold the office of Council for longer than three (3) successive four (4) year terms, commencing the first day of January next after the regular Municipal election in 1995.  This shall include terms served by persons before and after such election.

POWERS

All the legislative powers of the City of Mayfield Heights and all other powers as may be granted by this Charter, together with all such powers as are now or may hereafter be granted by the laws of Ohio to boards of control, municipal taxing commissions, boards of health or any other municipal commission, board or body now or hereafter created, shall be vested in the Council, except as otherwise provided in this Charter.