Article III. The Mayor

Section 1. Election generally; term.


>The Mayor shall be elected as hereinafter provided and shall hold office for a term of four years and until his or her successor is elected and qualified. The Mayor holding office at the time this Charter becomes effective shall continue to hold office for the term for which he or she was elected and until his successor takes office under the provisions of this Charter. (1906, ch. 458, sec. 62. 1908, ch. 41, sec. 62 (p. 1015). 1914, ch. 41, Resolution No. 6005, November 20, 2012.)

Section 2. Qualifications


The Mayor shall be a resident of the Town of Easton for at least thirty days immediately preceding his or her taking office, and shall be a registered voter of the Town at the time of the filing of his or her nomination petition for office. The Mayor shall reside within the Town limits during the term of his or her office. (1906, ch. 458, sec. 62. 1908, ch. 41, sec. 62 (p. 1015); 1914, ch. 41; Res. 51, passed 12/15/86, Resolution No. 6005, November 20, 2012.)

Section 3. Salary


The Mayor shall receive an annual salary as set from time to time by ordinance passed by the Council in regular course of business; provided, however, that no change shall be made in the salary for any Mayor during the term for which he or she was elected. (1906, ch. 458, sec. 67, 1910, ch. 365, sec. 67. 1937, ch. 26. Res. No. 17, May 19, 1958, Resolution No. 6005, November 20, 2012.)

Section 4. Powers and duties.


(a) Generally. The Mayor shall see that the ordinances of the Town are faithfully executed and shall be the chief executive officer and the head of the administrative branch of the Town government. The Mayor shall be responsible for the administration of the Town's affairs to the Council and to the voters of the Town. (Resolution No. 6005, November 20, 2012.)


(b) Annual report. The Mayor shall prepare or cause to be prepared annually a report to the Council in the name of government of the Town of Easton. This report shall deal with the financial condition of the Town, and with the accomplishments of the Town and its various departments and agencies. In said report the Mayor shall make whatever recommendations as he or she deems proper for the public good and welfare of the Town. The report shall be published and printed for distribution as may be deemed advisable by the Council. The executive summary of the Town’s annual audit shall be a sufficient annual report. (Resolution No. 6005, November 20, 2012.)


(c) Progress reports. The Mayor shall prepare or cause to be prepared and presented to the Council semi-annual progress report summaries which shall update the Council on the status of major projects and initiatives being pursued by the Town and shall also update the Council on the status of the Town’s expenditures compared to the budget. The progress reports shall be given as soon as practical after receipt of the half year and yearly budgetary expenditure information. (Resolution No. 6005, November 20, 2012.)


(d) Appointment. The Mayor, by and with the advice and consent of the Council, shall appoint a Town Attorney, Chief of Police, Town Engineer Town Manager, Town Clerk, Finance Officer, and Supervisor of Elections, and such other officers, commission members, and board members as the ordinances of the Town may provide. (Resolution No. 6005, November 20, 2012.)


(e) Veto. The Mayor shall have the power to veto ordinances and resolutions passed by the Council, as provided in section 10 of Article II of this Charter; provided, where any ordinance or resolution duly passed by the Council shall embrace different items of appropriations, the Mayor may approve the provisions thereof relating to one or more items of appropriations or involving expense to the Town and disapprove the others and in such case those which he or she approves shall become effective and those which he or she shall not approve shall be reconsidered by the Council in the manner and form as hereinbefore prescribed in Article II of this Charter. (Resolution No. 6005, November 20, 2012.)


(f) Supervision and control of finances. The Mayor shall have complete supervision over the financial administration of the Town government. The Mayor shall prepare or have prepared annually a budget and submit it to the Council. The Mayor shall supervise the disbursement of all moneys and have control over all expenditures to assure that budget appropriations are not exceeded. (Resolution No. 6005, November 20, 2012.).


(g) Other powers and duties. The Mayor shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as may be provided by this Charter or as may be required of him by the Council, not inconsistent with this charter. (1906, ch. 458, sec. 67. 1910, ch. 365, sec. 67. 1937, ch. 26. Res. No. 17, May 19, 1958; 1906, ch. 458, sec. 71. 1910, ch. 365, sec. 71 (p. 1171). 1914, ch. 54; 1910, ch. 365, sec. 71A (p. 1172); Res. No. 14, May 22, 1956; Res. No. 44, 9/15/75, Resolution No. 6005, November 20, 2012.)