Pocomoke City, Maryland

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Public Notice of Pocomoke City Charter Updates-Posted 05/01/2019

Charter Revisions

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Title VII

§ C-41 Women    Removal of Elected or City Official

§ C-42 A. Election-1966    [Blank]

Title VIII

§ C-45 Powers and Duties    Duties of Finance Director

Title IV

§ C-18 Powers and Duties   Powers and Duties of the Mayor

Title V

§ C-21 Salary of Manager    Salary of City Manager

 The City Manager shall receive such compensation as the Council shall determine from time to time.

The City Manager’s salary shall be assessed annually during the fiscal year budget review and increased or decreased by the approval of the Council.

§ C-22 Removal of Manager   Removal of City Manager

§ C-23 Powers and Duties of Manager     Powers and Duties of City Manager

§ C-23 A.

The City Manager shall be responsible to the Mayor and Council for the proper administration of all affairs of the City and, to that end, subject to the personnel provisions of this Charter, he shall have power and shall be required to appoint and, when necessary for the good of the service, suspend or remove all officers and employees of the City except as otherwise provided by this Charter and except as he may authorize the head of a department or office to appoint, suspend or remove subordinates in such department or office. All new hires for the positions of City Clerk, Deputy Clerk, Finance Director, Water Department Billing, Cashier, Accounts Payable and all other department heads shall be brought to the attention of the Council.

Title VI General Powers

§ C-24 B.

(14) Curfew. To prohibit the youth of the City from being in the streets, lanes, alleys, or public places at unreasonable hours of the night. Curfew can be established for the safety of the City.

(17) Disorderly houses. To suppress bawdy houses, disorderly houses and houses of ill fame.

(18) Dogs. Domestic Animals. To regulate the keeping of dogs domestic animals in the City and to provide, wherever the county does not license or tax dogs, for the licensing and taxing of the same; to provide for the disposition of homeless dogs domestic animals and dogs domestic animals on which no license fee or taxes are paid.

(26) Gambling. To restrain and prohibit gambling.    To comply with State and County laws regarding gambling.

TITLE VII Registration, Nominations, and Elections

§C-28. Board of Supervisors of Elections. [ Amended 5-15-2000 by Res. No. 3271

There shall be a Board of Supervisors of Elections consisting of five (5) members who shall be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the Council on or before the fourth Monday in January in every even-numbered year. The terms of members of the Board of Supervisors of Elections shall begin on the first Monday in February in the year in which they are appointed and shall run for two years. Members of the Board of Supervisors of Elections shall be qualified voters of the City and shall not hold or be candidates for any elective office during their term of office. The board shall appoint one of its members as Chairman. Vacancies on the board shall be filled by the Mayor with the approval of the Council for the remainder of the unexpired term. The compensation of the members of the board shall be determined by the Council.

§C-30. Duties.

The Board of Supervisors of Elections shall be in charge of the registration of voters, nominations and all City elections. The Board City Clerk may appoint Board of Election Clerks Supervisors or other employees to assist it in any of its duties.

§C-35. Election of Mayor and Councilmen. 

  1. [Amended 5-15-2000 by Res. NO. 323] On the first Tuesday in April 2020, and every 4 years thereafter, the Mayor and Council shall be elected for a two-year term four-year term. On the first Tuesday in April every two years thereafter a Mayor shall be elected to serve for a period of two years, until the first Tuesday in April in 2002 and every three years thereafter, to serve for a period of three years.
  1. [Amended 1-6-1986 by Res. No. 151] The City shall be divided by law into five (5) legislative districts for the election of members of the City Council. Each legislative district shall contain one Councilmember who shall be elected by the registered voters of that legislative district only. Beginning in 2021, all Councilmembers shall serve for a period of three four years. Notwithstanding the above, all presently elected Councilmembers shall be allowed to complete their present terms regardless of which district they reside in.

§ C-41. Women. Removal of Elected or Appointed City Official.

Women shall have equal privileges with men in registering, voting, and holding City offices. Whenever the masculine gender has been used in this Charter, it shall be construed to include the feminine gender.

Any City official who is unable by reason of physical or mental disability to perform the duties of office for a continuous period of six months can be removed from office before the end of his/her term by a vote of four members of the Council.

§ C-42 A. Election - 1966.   

Nothing contained in this Charter shall affect appointment of judges of election, registration officials, registration of voters, appointment of election officials, nomination and qualifications of candidates or the conduct of the election for Mayor and Councilmen to be held on the first Tuesday in April, in the year 1966. The election to be held on the first Tuesday in April, in 1966, shall be governed by the provisions of the Charter of the Mayor and Council of Pocomoke City in force and effect prior to the adoption of this Charter.

TITLE VIII Finance

§ C-44. City Clerk.  Finance Director.

  1. There shall be a City Clerk Finance Director appointed by the City Manager with the approval of the Council. He/she shall serve at the pleasure of the City Manager. His/her compensation shall be determined by the Council.

§ C-45. Powers and Duties of City Clerk. Finance Director.

    Under the supervision of the City Manager, the City Clerk Finance Director shall have authority and shall be required to:

§ C-46. Bond of City Clerk. Finance Director.

The City Clerk Finance Director shall provide a bond with such corporate surety and in such amount as the Council by Ordinance may require.

§ C-65. Purchasing and contracts. [Amended 4-16-1973 by Res. No. 51, approved 4-17-1973; 10-19-1987 by Res. No. 170; 11-20-1995 by Res. No. 266]

All purchases and contracts for the City government shall be made by the City Manager. The Council may provide by ordinance or resolution for rules and regulations regarding the use of competitive bidding and contracts for all City purchases and contracts. All expenditures for supplies, materials, equipment, construction of public improvements, or contractual services involving more than five thousand dollars ($5,000.00) 10,000.00 shall be made on a written contract. The City Manager shall be required to advertise for sealed bids, in such manner as may be prescribed by ordinance or resolution for all such contracts except in those instances where the Council determines that it would be in the best interest of the City to waive the requirements for advertising and/or sealed bids. Such written contracts shall be awarded to the bidder who offers the lowest or best bid, quality of goods and work, time of delivery or completion, and responsibility of bidders being considered. All such written contracts shall be approved by the Council before becoming effective. The City Manager shall have the right to reject all bids and readvertise. The City Manager, at any time in his/her discretion, may employ City forces for the construction or reconstruction of public improvements without advertising for (or readvertising for) or receiving bids. All written contracts may be protected by such bonds, penalties and conditions as the City Manager may require.

§ C-66. City Attorney. City Clerk.

  The City Clerk shall serve at the pleasure of the City Manager.

§ C-67. Authority to Employ Personnel. City Attorney.

The City Manager, with the approval of the Council, shall appoint a City Attorney. The City Attorney shall be a member of the Bar of the Maryland Court of Appeals. The City Attorney shall be the legal advisor of the City and shall perform such duties in connection as may be required by the City Manager or the Council. His/her compensation shall be determined by the City manager, with approval by the Council. with approval of the Council.

§ C-68. Merit system. Chief of Police.

The City Manager, with approval of the Mayor and Council, shall appoint a qualified person to be Chief of Police who shall hold office until his/her successor has been qualified unless sooner removed as authorized herein. The City Manager has one year to appoint or hire a qualified person. The qualified person must live within at least 15 miles of City limits within one year after his/her hire date and should be a graduate of a Maryland police academy.

§ C-69. Unclassified and classified service.  Duties of Chief of Police.

The City Manager, with approval from the Council, shall appoint a qualified person to be Chief of Police who shall appoint a qualified person to be Chief of Police who shall hold office until his/her successor has been qualified unless sooner removed as authorized herein. The City has one year to appoint or hire a qualified person. The qualified person must live within 15 miles of the City limits within one year of employment and should be a graduate of a qualified police academy.

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