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Article 4 The Mayor

Section 2-401 Duties.
The Mayor shall exercise a careful supervision over the general affairs of the City. [Ch. 1903, sec. 147; rev. 1914, sec. 59; 1928 pub., sec. 59; 1942 recod., sec. 2-301; rev. Nov. 6, 1962.]

Section 2-402 Investigation of and Suits to Cancel Franchises.

The Mayor may, on his or her own motion, and must upon a resolution passed by the Council directing the Mayor so to do, cause to be instituted on behalf of the City such actions or proceedings as may be necessary to revoke, cancel or annul all franchises that may have been granted by the City to any person, company or corporation, which have been forfeited in whole or in part or which for any reason may be irregular and void and not binding upon the City, and the City Attorney, upon the Mayor's demand, must institute and prosecute the suits or actions required to enforce the provisions of this Section. Each Mayor taking office under this Charter shall cause a careful investigation to be made of the exact condition of all franchises theretofore granted by the City, and of the respective rights and obligations of the parties, and the performance of the same. [Ch. 1903, sec. 151; rev. 1914, sec. 60; 1928 pub., sec. 60; 1942 recod., sec. 2-302; rev. Nov. 6, 1962.]


Section 2-403 Investigation of Offices.
The Mayor may at any time, with or without notice, investigate in person, or through one or more competent persons appointed by the Mayor for the purpose, the offices and accounts of any department of the City or of any employee, and the official acts and conduct of any official or employee in the administrative service of the City, and the money, securities and property belonging to the City in the possession or charge of such department, officer or employee. For the purpose of ascertaining facts in connection with these examinations, the Mayor shall have full power to compel the attendance and testimony of witnesses, to administer oaths, and to examine such persons as he or she may deem necessary, and to compel the production of books, papers, and other evidence. Willful false swearing in such investigations and examinations shall be perjury, and punishable as such. The expense of any such investigation shall be paid out of the General Fund, in the same manner as other claims against the City are paid. The result of all such examinations and investigations shall be reported to the Council, and such report be filed with the Auditor. [Ch. 1903, sec. 152; rev. 1914, sec. 61; 1928 pub., sec. 61; 1942 recod., sec. 2-303; rev. Nov. 6, 1962.]

Section 2-404 Suspensions Pending Investigation.
The Mayor shall have power to suspend, pending an official investigation, any officer of the City except Council members or the Auditor for any official defalcation or willful neglect of duty or official misconduct. [Ch. 1903, sec. 153; rev. 1914, sec. 62; 1928 pub., sec. 62; 1942 recod., sec. 2-304; rev. Nov. 6, 1962.]

Section 2-405 Notification of Contract Violations.
It shall be the duty of every officer and person in the employ or service of the City, when it shall come to such officer's or person's knowledge that any contract or agreement with the City, or with any officer or department thereof, or relating to the business of any office, has been or is about to be violated, forthwith to report to the Mayor all the facts and information within such officer's or person's possession concerning such matter. A willful failure so to do shall be sufficient cause for the removal of such officer or employee. The Mayor shall give a certificate on demand to any person reporting such facts and information that such person has done so, and such certificate shall be evidence in exoneration from a charge of neglect of duty in that respect. [Ch. 1903, sec. 158; rev. 1914, sec. 63; 1928 pub., sec. 63; 1942 recod., sec. 2-305; rev. Nov. 6, 1962.]