Sec. 4.1. Duties and Authority of the Mayor — Veto — Breaking Vote.
The Mayor shall be the chief executive and administrative officer of the City, in charge of all departments and employees. The Mayor shall have the power to appoint and remove, subject to applicable civil service provision, and except as otherwise provided in this charter or by state law, all appointive officers and all employees of the City under his or her jurisdiction, or may authorize the head of a department or office responsible to him or her to appoint and remove subordinates in such department or office. The Mayor shall make certain that all laws and ordinances are faithfully enforced and that law and order is maintained in the City, and shall have general supervision of the administration of City government and all City interests. All official bonds and bonds of contractors with the City shall be submitted to the Mayor or such person as the Mayor may designate for approval or disapproval. The Mayor shall make certain that all contracts and agreements made with the City or for its use and benefit are faithfully kept and performed, and to this end the Mayor may cause any legal proceeding to be instituted and prosecuted in the name of the City, subject to approval by majority vote of the Council. The Mayor, when present, and otherwise the Mayor’s delegate, shall attend all regular meetings of the City Council, but shall have no vote. The Mayor shall report to the Council concerning the affairs of the City and its financial and other needs, and shall make recommendations for Council consideration and action. The Mayor shall prepare and submit to the Council a proposed budget, as required by law, charter or ordinance. The Mayor shall have the power to veto ordinances passed by the Council and submitted to the Mayor as provided in section 3.4, but such veto may be overridden by the vote of a majority of all Council members plus one more vote. The Mayor shall be the official and ceremonial head of the City and shall represent the City on ceremonial occasions, except that, when illness or other duties prevent the Mayor’s attendance at an official function and no mayor pro tempore has been appointed by the Council, a member of the Council or some other suitable person may be designated by the Mayor to represent the City on such occasion.