Article IV


4.01    Authority Of The Mayor

4.02    Duties Of The Mayor

4.03    Mayor’s Power Of Veto

4.04    Chief Administrative Assistant Qualifications And Appointment

4.05    Administrative Departments

4.06    Bonds Of Officers And Approval Thereof

4.01 Authority Of The Mayor

The Mayor shall be the chief executive and administrative officer of the City with the prime responsibility of coordination and supervision of the activities of all departments and employees of the City.

The Mayor shall have the power to appoint and remove, subject to applicable civil service provisions, and except as otherwise provided in this Charter or by state law, all appointive officers of the City under the Mayor’s jurisdiction or may authorize the head of a department or office responsible to the Mayor to appoint and remove subordinates in such department or office.

[Amended April 18, 2008 (Ord. 2008-04-033)]

4.02 Duties Of The Mayor

The Mayor shall make certain that all laws and ordinances are faithfully enforced and that law and order is maintained in the City and shall have general supervision of the administration of City government.

All official bonds and bonds of contractors with the City shall be reviewed by the Mayor or such person designated by the Mayor, for approval or disapproval. The Mayor shall make certain that all contracts and agreements made with the City or for its use and benefit are faithfully kept and performed. To this end, the Mayor may cause any legal proceedings to be instituted and prosecuted in the name of the City, subject to approval by majority vote of the Council.

The Mayor, when present, and otherwise a delegate of the Mayor, shall attend all regular meetings of the City Council, but shall have no vote. The Mayor shall report to the Council concerning the affairs of the City and its financial and other needs, and shall make recommendations for Council consideration and action. The Mayor shall prepare and submit to the Council a proposed budget, as required by law, Charter or ordinance.

The Mayor shall be the official and ceremonial head of the City and shall represent the City on ceremonial occasions, except when illness or other duties prevent the Mayor’s attendance at an official function and no Mayor Pro Tempore has been appointed by the Council, a member of the Council or some other suitable person may be designated by the Mayor to represent the City on such occasion.

[Amended April 18, 2008 (Ord. 2008-04-033)]

4.03 Mayor’s Power Of Veto

The Mayor shall have the power to veto ordinances passed by the Council and submitted as provided in this Charter, but such veto may be overridden by the vote of a majority of all Council members plus one more vote.

[Amended April 18, 2008 (Ord. 2008-04-033)]

4.04 Chief Administrative Assistant Qualifications And Appointment

The Mayor, with the approval of the Council, may appoint a Chief Administrative Assistant who shall serve at the pleasure of the Mayor and shall perform such administrative duties as may be specified by the Mayor.

The Chief Administrative Assistant need not be a resident at the time of appointment. The appointment of any person to the position of Chief Administrative Assistant shall be based solely on the basis of the person’s qualifications as an administrator, with particular emphasis on educational background, training, and experience as a professional municipal administrator.

[Amended April 18, 2008 (Ord. 2008-04-033)]

4.05 Administrative Departments

The Council shall by ordinance establish or abolish City departments, offices or agencies and shall prescribe their functions.

All departments, offices and agencies under the direction and supervision of the Mayor shall be administered by an officer appointed by and subject to the direction and supervision of the Mayor.

The Mayor shall assure coordination of activities by calling joint meetings of City department heads at least once monthly.

4.06 Bonds Of Officers And Approval Thereof

The Mayor shall furnish and file with the Finance Director a good and sufficient bond, executed by a surety company authorized to do business in the State of Washington, in such amount as may be determined by ordinance, for the faithful performance of the mayoral duties. Such other officers and employees as the Council may determine by ordinance shall furnish and file like bonds in the amounts fixed by such ordinances. The giving and approval of the bond of every appointive officer or employee required by ordinance to give bond shall be a necessary part of the qualification of such officer or employee. Upon approval by the Council, the City shall pay a reasonable premium to a surety company for the execution of any bond required by this Charter or by ordinance. Bonds of the elective officers shall be approved by the City Attorney, both as to sufficiency and form, and shall be deposited with the Finance Director. All other bonds shall be approved by the Mayor and the City Attorney.

[Amended April 18, 2008 (Ord. 2008-04-033)]