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Official Duties of the Mayor

The Mayor shall be the chief legislative officer of the City and as such shall have the power to veto actions of the City Council pursuant to and in accordance with the provisions of Section 213 of this Charter. The performance of the duties of the office of Mayor shall be considered full-time employment of the person occupying that office. The Mayor shall preside at meetings of the City Council. The Mayor shall have no vote, but may participate fully in the deliberations and proceedings of the City Council. The Mayor shall be recognized as head of the City government for all ceremonial purposes and by the governor for purposes of military law, but shall have no administrative duties other than those provided for in Section 207. The Mayor shall represent the City at large and utilize the office of Mayor to provide community leadership and as a focal point for the articulation of city-wide perspectives on municipal issues.

On or before the 15th day of January of each year, the Mayor shall communicate by message to the City Council a statement of the conditions and affairs of the City, and make recommendations on such matters as the Mayor may deem expedient and proper.

Section 207. Legislative Department

(a.) There is hereby created a Legislative Department which shall be under the direction and control of the City Council and Mayor who shall act as chief administrative officer for the department. This department shall consist of the Mayor, the City Council, the City Clerk, and all assistants, secretaries, stenographers and clerical help in the office of the City Clerk and such employees as may be deemed necessary to serve in the office of the Mayor and City Council to aid them in fulfilling their legislative duties in gathering, organizing and analyzing data and information relating to matters requiring legislative action.

(b.) Each individual member of the City Council shall have the authority to appoint, suspend, remove and discipline the employee or employees of the Legislative Department who serve on his or her personal staff. Except as provided in Article IV of this Charter, the Mayor shall have authority to appoint, suspend, remove and discipline all employees of the Legislative Department who do not serve on the personal staff of an individual councilmember.