Chapter 2.04


2.04.010    Power generally.

2.04.020    Removal from office.

2.04.030    Powers and duties of borough mayor.

2.04.040    Executive absence.

2.04.050    Assembly participation.

2.04.060    Veto.

2.04.070    Vacancy.

2.04.080    Salary.

2.04.090    Notification of non-routine litigation.

2.04.010 Power generally.

The executive and administrative power of the borough is vested in the borough mayor. (Ord. 84-104 § 2, 1984. 2004 Code § 2.04.010.)

2.04.020 Removal from office.

The borough assembly, with the concurrence of two-thirds of its members, may remove the borough mayor from office for a conviction of a violation of AS 15.13 or a felony or misdemeanor described in AS 15.56 as a corrupt practice. The assembly shall consider a conviction of the borough mayor as a violation of AS 15.13 or a felony or misdemeanor described in AS 15.56 as a corrupt practice at its first meeting following the final determination of the conviction. (Ord. 84-104 § 2, 1984. 2004 Code § 2.04.035.)

2.04.030 Powers and duties of borough mayor.

The borough mayor, as the chief administrative officer of the borough, is responsible for the proper administration of all borough affairs. The borough mayor shall:

A. Appoint borough employees except as otherwise provided by law. He may hire necessary administrative assistants and may authorize an appointive administrative director to appoint, suspend, or remove borough employees in accordance with law;

B. Suspend or remove by written order borough employees as provided by law;

C. Supervise enforcement of borough law;

D. Prepare the annual budget and capital improvements program for the assembly;

E. Execute the budget and capital improvement program as adopted;

F. Make monthly reports to the assembly on borough finances and operations;

G. Report to the assembly at the end of each fiscal year on the finances and administrative activities of the borough;

H. Prepare and make available for public distribution an annual report on borough affairs;

I. Direct and supervise the administration of:

1. The functions of all borough officers and employees, except as provided otherwise by state law;

2. The care and custody of all borough buildings and of all real and personal property of the borough;

3. The construction, maintenance, and operation of all borough roads, bridges, drains, buildings, and other public works;

J. Execute other powers or duties specified in state law or lawfully prescribed by the assembly. (Amended during 2004 republication; amended during 1993 republication; Ord. 84-104 § 2, 1984. 2004 Code § 2.04.040.)

2.04.040 Executive absence.

The borough mayor, subject to assembly approval, shall designate a person to act as mayor during the mayor’s temporary absence or disability. (Ord. 84-104 § 2, 1984. 2004 Code § 2.04.050.)

2.04.050 Assembly participation.

The borough mayor may take part in the discussion of all matters before the assembly, but may not vote. (Ord. 84-104 § 2, 1984. 2004 Code § 2.04.060.)

2.04.060 Veto.

A. Except as provided in subsection (C) of this section, the mayor may veto an ordinance, resolution, final motion, or other final action of the assembly and may strike or reduce appropriation items to delete or decrease, respectively, the amount of an appropriation.

B. A veto must be exercised before the next regular meeting of the assembly and must be accompanied by a written explanation of the reasons for the veto. A veto may be overridden by vote of two-thirds of the authorized membership of the assembly within 21 days following exercise of the veto, or at the next regular meeting, whichever is later.

C. The veto does not extend to:

1. Appropriation items in a school budget ordinance;

2. Actions of the assembly sitting as the board of equalization or the board of adjustment;

3. Adoption or repeal of a manager plan of government. (Ord. 90-026 § 2, 1990; Ord. 86-023 § 2, 1986. 2004 Code § 2.04.070.)

2.04.070 Vacancy.

A vacancy in the office of the borough mayor occurring within six months prior to a regular election shall be filled by the assembly. The person designated shall serve until the next regular election and until a successor is elected and has qualified. If an assemblyperson is chosen, he shall resign his assembly seat. If a vacancy occurs more than six months before a regular election, the assembly shall call a special election to fill the unexpired term. (Ord. 86-017 § 3, 1986; Ord. 84-104 § 2, 1984. 2004 Code § 2.04.080.)

2.04.080 Salary.

The assembly shall from time to time fix by ordinance the salary of the borough mayor. The salary of the borough mayor may not be reduced during his term of office. The mayor may not receive any other compensation for services to the borough. Per diem payments or reimbursements for expenses are not compensation under this section. (Ord. 84-104 § 2, 1984. 2004 Code § 2.04.090.)

2.04.090 Notification of non-routine litigation.

The borough mayor shall notify the assembly within 10 days of filing any non-routine civil or administrative action, or an answer or reply thereto. For purposes of this section “non-routine” does not include minor offenses, collections, subrogation claims, estate claims, bankruptcy claims, foreclosure, small-claims, cross-claims, counterclaims, emergency injunctions/temporary restraining orders or any other civil action that the borough attorney does not reasonably consider likely, at the time of filing, to require significant borough resources including staff time. (Ord. 2015-36 § 2, 2015. 2004 Code § 2.04.100.)


    For statutory provisions setting forth the qualifications, powers, and duties of the borough mayor, see AS 29.20; for provisions governing exercise of the mayor’s powers in his absence, see AS 29.20; for provisions governing assembly participation, see AS 29.20; for provisions governing executive veto, see AS 29.20.