Chapter 2.16


2.16.010    Mayor as executive.

2.16.020    Qualifications, election and term of mayor.

2.16.030    Veto.

2.16.040    Vacancy in the office of the mayor.

2.16.050    Deputy mayor.

2.16.060    Successor to the office of mayor and deputy mayor.

2.16.070    Compensation of the mayor.

2.16.010 Mayor as executive.

A. The executive power of the borough is vested in the mayor. The mayor shall preside at assembly meetings, act as ceremonial head of the borough, and sign documents on the borough’s behalf upon assembly authorization.

B. The mayor shall:

1. Review and make recommendations for amendments to the annual budget and capital improvement program prior to their submission to the assembly.

2. Execute other powers and duties specified in AS 29 or lawfully prescribed by the assembly.

3. Act as ex officio chair of the various boards and commissions when required.

C. The mayor may take part in the matters before the assembly but may not vote except in the case of a tie.

2.16.020 Qualifications, election and term of mayor.

A. Only an individual qualified to vote in any borough election and qualified as a resident of the borough shall be eligible to hold the office of mayor. The same residency requirements pertain to the mayor as to the assembly, as designated in HBC 2.08.020.

B. The mayor is elected at large for a term of three years and until a successor has been elected and is qualified. The current term of an incumbent mayor may not be altered. The regular term of the mayor begins immediately following certification of the election.

C. No limit may be placed on the total number of terms or number of consecutive terms a mayor may serve except by ordinance ratified by the voters. (Ord. 14-04-375 § 5)

2.16.030 Veto.

A. Except as provided in HBC 2.10.220, the mayor may veto an ordinance, resolution, motion or other action of the assembly and may strike or reduce appropriation items. The mayor’s failure to sign a legislative measure shall not constitute a veto.

B. A veto must be exercised and submitted to the assembly with a written explanation prior to or at the next assembly meeting. A veto may be overridden by a super majority of affirmative votes of the assembly within 21 days following the exercise of the veto.

C. The veto does not extend to adoption or repeal of a manager form of government.

2.16.040 Vacancy in the office of the mayor.

A. The assembly shall, by four or more affirmative votes, declare the office of mayor vacant only when the person elected:

1. Fails to qualify or take office within 30 days after election or appointment;

2. Unless excused by the assembly, is physically absent for 90 consecutive days;

3. Resigns and the resignation is accepted;

4. Is physically or mentally unable to perform the duties of office;

5. Is convicted of a felony or misdemeanor described in AS 15.56;

6. Is convicted of either a felony or an offense that involves a violation of the oath of office;

7. Is convicted of a violation of AS 15.13;

8. No longer physically resides in the borough.

B. A vacancy in the office of mayor occurring within six months before a regular election shall be filled by the assembly. The person appointed serves until the next regular election when a successor is elected to serve the balance of the term. If a member of the assembly is appointed mayor, the member shall resign the seat on the assembly. If a vacancy occurs more than six months before a regular election, the assembly shall call a special election to fill the unexpired term.

2.16.050 Deputy mayor.

The mayor shall designate one assembly member to serve as deputy mayor in the mayor’s absence. If the office of mayor is declared vacant, the deputy mayor may be sworn in as mayor until the next regular or special election.

2.16.060 Successor to the office of mayor and deputy mayor.

Should the offices of mayor and deputy mayor become vacant or should both the mayor and deputy mayor be absent or unable to perform the duties of the office of mayor, the order of interim succession shall be determined as follows:

A. The assembly member with the longest total period of tenure in office shall assume the office of deputy mayor.

B. Should more than one assembly member have the same tenure in office, that assembly member who received the largest plurality at the last election at which such assembly members were elected shall assume the office of deputy mayor.

2.16.070 Compensation of the mayor.

The mayor of the borough shall be paid a salary of $7,000 per year; provided, however, if the mayor is out of the borough for a period of more than 15 days (exclusive of time spent on borough business), the mayor’s salary shall be suspended for the entire period of absence and paid to the deputy mayor as prorated by the chief fiscal officer. The mayor shall not receive any other form of compensation from the borough other than that provided under this section and HBC 2.92.010 as an elected official. Per diem payments or reimbursement for expenses are not considered compensation hereunder. (Ord. 17-08-473 § 4; Ord. 10-10-246 § 4)