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Chapter III Form of Government

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Section 7.  Council.
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As of January 1, 2017, the council consists of six City councilors nominated and elected from the city at large or, in case of one or more vacancies in the Council, the council members whose offices are not vacant.

Section 8.  Councilors.
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The term of office of a councilor in office when this charter is adopted is the term of office for which the councilor has been elected before adoption of the charter (or is elected to at the time of the adoption). At each general election after the adoption of this charter, three councilors shall be elected at large by position number running from one to six, each for a four-year term. Candidates for Council, starting with their nomination petition, designate the number of the Council seat to which they seek election; further, one candidate may only run for one position at an election.

Section 9.  Mayor.
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The term of office of the mayor in office when this charter is adopted is the term of office for which the Mayor was elected. At every other general election following adoption of this charter a mayor shall be elected for a four-year term.

Section 10.  Terms of Office.
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The term of office of an elective officer who is elected at a general election begins at the first Council meeting of the calendar year following the election and continues until a successor qualifies and assumes the office.

Section 11.  Appointive Offices.
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A majority of the Council may:

(1) Create, abolish, or combine appointive City offices except the office of City Manager and,

(2) Fill such offices by appointment and vacate them by removal.

Section 12.  Qualifications.
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(1) An elective City officer shall be a qualified elector under the State constitution and shall reside and be registered to vote in the city immediately before submitting petition for or being appointed to office.

(2) No person may be a candidate at a single election for more than one elective City office.

(3) An elective officer may be employed in a City position that is substantially volunteer in nature. Whether the position is so may be decided by the Municipal Court or in some other manner, whichever the Council prescribes.

(4) Except as subsection (3) of this section provides to the contrary, the Council is the final judge of the election and qualifications of its members.

(5) The qualifications of appointive officers of the City are whatever the Council prescribes or authorizes.

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