Elected Officials


Section 17. Mayor: qualifications, election, term, appointments. [Amended 2-23-1999 by Res. No. 167; 10-1-2001 by Res. No. 227; 3-20-2006 by Res. No. 254]

To qualify to be Mayor, one must be at least twenty-five (25) years of age, a citizen of the United States for ten (10) years, and a qualified City voter at the time of filing for office and a resident of the City of Havre de Grace for not less than two (2) years immediately preceding the election date. The election of Mayor shall take place on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in May and on the same day and month every second year thereafter. The Mayor shall take the oath of office and the term begins on the third Monday in May. The Mayor shall promptly submit the names of all candidates for appointed offices to the City Council President for Council confirmation or rejection. Should any candidates be rejected, the Mayor shall submit other names until all positions are filled.

Section 18. Mayor: duties, salary. [Amended 2-23-1999 by Res. No. 168]

  1. The Mayor shall preside over all of the meetings of the City Council; set the agenda for the meetings of the City Council after consultation with the Council President; and shall only have the power to vote to break a tie City Council vote at all meetings of the City Council, with the exception of votes concerning ordinances and the election of the President of the City Council, where the Mayor has no voting [Amended 3-20-2006 by Res. No. 253]
  2. The Mayor shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the City of Havre de Grace and its administration and shall have the duty of general supervision of the City, its employees and its property and shall ensure that all City Council resolutions requiring action and all laws are duly and faithfully
  3. The Mayor, with the approval of the City Council, shall appoint or hire a Director of Administration, Chief of Police, Director    of Public Works, Director of Economic Development, Director of Planning, Director of Finance and a City Attorney and such other officers as the Charter, resolutions or ordinances of the City may provide. The Mayor, after a hearing to consider charges of neglect or a violation of duties of office, shall have the power to remove officers, with the approval of the City Council and shall appoint others in their stead, subject to the City Council approval. The Mayor shall receive an annual salary as set forth from time to time by an ordinance passed by the City Council in the regular course of business. Any proposed change to the Mayor’s salary requires voter approval at a regular City election and is effective at the beginning of the next fiscal year. [Amended 2-8-2002 by Res. No. 235; 1-17-2017 by Res. No. 279]

Section 21. City Council: qualifications. [Amended 2-23-1999 by Res. No. 171]

The City Council shall have six (6)members. To qualify as a member, one must be at least twenty-five (25) years of age, a citizen of the United States for ten (10) years, and a qualified City voter at the time of filing for office and a resident of the City of Havre de Grace for not less than two (2) years immediately preceding the election date.

Section 22. City Council: election, term of office. [Amended 3-23-1999 by Res. No. 172; 4-25-2000 by Res. No. 206; 10-1-2001 by Res. No. 228]

  1. The qualified City voters on the first Tuesday in May in the Year 2000 shall elect three (3) City Council members for a term of two (2) years beginning the third Monday in May, 2000 and ending the third Monday in May, 2002, to fill the vacancies caused by the expiration of the three (3) terms ending on the third Monday in May, 2000.  The qualified City voters on the first Tuesday in May the Year 2001 shall elect three (3) City Council members for term of (2) years, beginning the third Monday in May, 2001 and ending the third Monday in May, 2003, to fill the vacancies caused by the expiration of the three (3) terms ending on the third Monday in May, Each year thereafter on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in May, the qualified City voters shall vote and elect three (3) City Council members to two-year

Section 23. City Council: salary. [Amended 2-23-1999 by Res. No. 173; 1-17-2017 by Res. No. 280]

Council members shall receive an annual salary as set forth from time to time by an ordinance passed by the City Council in the regular course of business. Any proposed change to the salary of the City Council requires voter approval at a regular City election and is effective at the beginning of the next fiscal year.

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