Chapter 3.32
POLICE DEPARTMENT AND FIRE DEPARTMENT

Sections:

3.32.010    Established.

3.32.020    Department functions and duties.

3.32.030    Appointment and duties of director.

3.32.035    Civil service.

3.32.040    Emergency management organization – Established.

3.32.050    Emergency management organization – Administration.

3.32.060    Emergency management organization – Powers.

3.32.010 Established.

There is created and established two departments for the city to be known as the “police department” and the “fire department.” (Ord. 06C-06 § 1; Ord. 396 § 1, 1975).

3.32.020 Department functions and duties.

The functions of the police department and fire department shall be to perform those duties assigned by the city manager. The duties of the police department shall include crime prevention and suppression and traffic control. The duties of the fire department shall include fire prevention, fire suppression, and emergency medical services. (Ord. 06C-06 § 1; Ord. 396 § 3, 1975. Formerly 3.32.030).

3.32.030 Appointment and duties of director.

A. The police chief and fire chief shall be appointed by the city manager. The police chief and fire chief shall be the director of each respective department and shall have all of the powers granted, together with all of the duties imposed, by the laws of the state relating to fire chiefs and police chiefs, and in addition shall have the power and duty to enforce the ordinances of the city and to perform such other services as the laws of the state and the ordinances of the city may require, and shall receive for the faithful performance of his/her duties such compensation as shall be fixed by the city council.

B. The police chief and fire chief shall be the final departmental authority on all matters of policy, operations and discipline of each respective department. The police chief and fire chief shall be authorized to appoint and remove employees of the department, subject to applicable civil service laws, rules and regulations and approval by the city manager. The police chief and fire chief shall be responsible to the city manager for the operation of the department and shall provide the city manager with such reports as he/she may require. (Ord. 06C-06 § 1; Ord. 396 § 4, 1975. Formerly 3.32.040).

3.32.035 Civil service.1

The police chief, the fire chief, police commander(s), fire deputy chief and administrative assistant(s) to these persons shall not be included in classified civil service. (Ord. 06C-06 § 1; Ord. 396 § 5, 1975. Formerly 3.32.050).

3.32.040 Emergency management organization – Established.

Pursuant to Chapter 38.52 RCW, there is hereby established in the city of Mercer Island, Washington, an emergency management organization for the purpose of performing local emergency management functions. The organization shall represent only the city of Mercer Island and shall perform functions only within the city. (Ord. 06C-06 § 1; Ord. 95C-007 § 1. Formerly 3.32.070).

3.32.050 Emergency management organization – Administration.

The emergency management organization shall be administered by the police chief, or designee. (Ord. 17C-04 § 1; Ord. 06C-06 § 1; Ord. 95C-007 § 1. Formerly 3.32.080).

3.32.060 Emergency management organization – Powers.

The emergency management organization shall have all of the powers granted under Chapter 38.52 RCW and the regulations adopted pursuant thereto as now or hereafter amended and as may otherwise be provided by law. (Ord. 06C-06 § 1; Ord. 95C-007 § 1. Formerly 3.32.090).


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Code reviser’s note: Ordinance 06C-06 sets out the provisions of this section as Section 3.32.050. The section has been editorially renumbered to prevent duplication of numbering.