CHAPTER 15

MAYOR

15.01  Term of Office

15.04  Compensation

15.02  Powers and Duties

15.05  Voting

15.03  Appointments

 


15.01   TERM OF OFFICE.  The Mayor is elected for a term of two (2) years.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 376.2)

15.02   POWERS AND DUTIES.  The powers and duties of the Mayor are as follows:

1.         Chief Executive Officer.  Act as the chief executive officer of the City and presiding officer of the Council, supervise all departments of the City, give direction to department heads concerning the functions of the departments, and have the power to examine all functions of the municipal departments, their records and to call for special reports from department heads at any time. 

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 372.14[1])

2.         Proclamation of Emergency.  Have authority to take command of the police and govern the City by proclamation, upon making a determination that a time of emergency or public danger exists.  Within the City limits, the Mayor has all the powers conferred upon the Sheriff to suppress disorders.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 372.14[2])

3.         Special Meetings.  Call special meetings of the Council when the Mayor deems such meetings necessary to the interests of the City.   

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 372.14[1])

4.         Mayor’s Veto.  Sign, veto or take no action on an ordinance, amendment or resolution passed by the Council.  The Mayor may veto an ordinance, amendment or resolution within fourteen days after passage.  The Mayor shall explain the reasons for the veto in a written message to the Council at the time of the veto.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 380.5 & 380.6[2])

5.         Reports to Council.  Make such oral or written reports to the Council as required.  These reports shall concern municipal affairs generally, the municipal departments, and recommendations suitable for Council action. 

6.         Negotiations.  Represent the City in all negotiations properly entered into in accordance with law or ordinance.  The Mayor shall not represent the City where this duty is specifically delegated to another officer by law, ordinance, or Council direction.

7.         Contracts.  Whenever authorized by the Council, sign contracts on behalf of the City.   

8.         Professional Services.  Upon order of the Council, secure for the City such specialized and professional services not already available to the City.  In executing the order of the Council, the Mayor shall act in accordance with the Code of Ordinances and the laws of the State. 

9.         Licenses and Permits.  Sign all licenses and permits which have been granted by the Council, except those designated by law or ordinance to be issued by another municipal officer. 

10.       Nuisances.  Issue written order for removal, at public expense, any nuisance for which no person can be found responsible and liable.

11.       Absentee Officer.  Make appropriate provision that duties of any absentee officer be carried on during such absence.  

15.03   APPOINTMENTS.  The Mayor shall appoint the following officials:

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 372.4)

1.                  Mayor Pro Tem

2.                  Police Chief

3.                  Planning and Zoning Commission (subject to Council approval)

15.04   COMPENSATION.  The salary of the Mayor is two thousand dollars ($2,000.00) per year, payable semiannually.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 372.13[8])

15.05   VOTING.  The Mayor is not a member of the Council and shall not vote as a member of the Council.

(Code of Iowa, Sec. 372.4)