§ 5.02. Powers of the mayor  

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  • (a) The mayor shall appoint all heads of municipal departments, subject to confirmation by the assembly, on the basis of professional qualifications. Persons appointed by the mayor serve at the pleasure of the mayor.

    (b) The mayor may participate in all assembly meetings to the same extent as an assembly member, but may not vote.

    (c) The mayor has the veto power. The mayor also has line item veto power. The mayor may, by veto, strike or reduce items in a budget or appropriation measure. The veto must be exercised and submitted to the assembly with a written explanation within seven days of passage of the ordinance affected. The assembly, by two-thirds majority vote of the total membership, may override a veto any time within 21 days after its exercise.

    (d) In case of emergency, the mayor has the power of a peace officer and may exercise that power as chief executive officer to prevent disorder and to preserve the public health. The assembly by resolution may declare that the emergency no longer exists.

(AO No. 90-82(S), prop. 6, 10-2-90; AO No. 2013-93, prop. 8, 4-1-14)