City of Beacon, NY
Dutchess County
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Sec. 4.00 General provisions.

A. 
Creation of departments. The Council may establish city departments, offices or agencies in addition to those created by this Charter and may prescribe the functions of all departments, offices and agencies.
B. 
Personnel system. All appointments and promotions of city officers and employees shall be made solely on the basis of merit and fitness demonstrated by examination or other evidence of competence, and according to the provisions and requirements of the Civil Service Law.
C. 
Salaries. The Mayor shall fix reasonable salaries of all department heads and nonelected, nonaffiliated personnel, within the budgetary limits set by the Council.
D. 
The Mayor and City Council shall approve in advance the creation of all employment positions within the City of Beacon, by roll call vote. Prior to such vote, the Mayor shall provide the Council with the position title, rate of pay, description of duties to be performed and the planned date of hire.
[Added 6-15-1992 by L.L. No. 9-1992]

Sec. 4.02 City Attorney.

[Amended 7-1-1991 by L.L. No. 5-1991; 3-18-1996 by L.L. No. 1-1996]
The City Attorney shall be an attorney and counselor at law, duly licensed to practice law in the State of New York for at least five (5) years prior to appointment. The City Attorney shall be appointed by the Mayor with the consent of the Council. The City Attorney shall serve at the pleasure of the Mayor for a term that shall not exceed four (4) years and shall commence with the appointment of the Mayor at the beginning of the Mayor's term of office. The City Attorney shall be the legal advisor of the Mayor and Council and all city departments, boards and commissions. The City Attorney shall conduct all cases in court wherein the City shall be a party plaintiff or defendant or a party in interest and shall perform such other duties as are required by law.

Sec. 4.04 City Clerk.

[Amended 7-1-1991 by L.L. No. 5-1991; 3-16-1992 by L.L. No. 2-1992; 8-3-1992 by L.L. No. 11-1992; 5-5-2014 by L.L. No. 3-2014]
The City Clerk shall:
A. 
Perform all duties assigned to the position by law, unless modified in the City Code, and such other duties as requested by the City Administrator.
B. 
Act as the City’s custodian of records, the Records Access Officer, and receive all documents filed with the City.
C. 
Be the depositor and custodian for all performance bonds.
D. 
Give notice of all City Council meetings to members and the public, and shall be the custodian of the journal of its proceedings.
E. 
Act as the City Registrar and issue dog licenses.
F. 
File all propositions submitted to the citizens of Beacon, together with the affidavits of publication and posting thereof as required in the Code of Ordinances and resolutions adopted by the City Council.
G. 
File such other reports, records, oaths, documents and instruments as are required to be filed by the laws of the State of New York and the provisions of the Beacon Code of Ordinances and City Charter.

Sec. 4.06 Department of Finance.

[Amended 5-5-2014 by L.L. No. 3-2014]
There shall be a Department of Finance, the head of which shall be the Director of Finance, which shall be responsible for the management and disbursement of all City revenues and other assets. The individual so appointed to the position of Director of Finance shall have attained certification as a certified public accountant or an equivalent certification or experience and shall possess the experience and qualifications necessary to perform the duties of the office. Whether a candidate meets the requisite experience and qualifications to serve as Director of Finance shall be determined by the City Administrator.

Sec. 4.08 Department of Public Works.

The Public Works Department as organized and staffed upon the effective date of this Charter shall continue until otherwise provided by local law or ordinance.

Sec. 4.10 Fire Department.

[Amended 8-6-2012 by L.L. No. 16-2012]
The Fire Department shall be organized and staffed as set forth in City Code Chapter 31 and any amendments thereto and shall continue until otherwise provided by law or ordinance. There shall be a full-time Fire Chief, who shall be a paid employee of the City appointed by the Mayor, subject to the consent of the Council. There shall also be one (1) or more unpaid Assistant Fire Chiefs, to be known as First Assistant Fire Chief and so on, who shall be appointed from the ranks of the volunteer firefighters pursuant to the provisions set forth in City Code § 31-9 and any amendments thereto.

Sec. 4.10.1 Fire and Inspection Coordinator.

[Added 10-17-1994 by L.L. No. 13-1994; amended 6-5-1995 by L.L. No. 5-1995; 8-6-2012 by L.L. No. 17-2012]
The position of Fire and Inspection Coordinator may be appointed by the Mayor with the consent of the City Council. The Fire and Inspection Coordinator shall:
1. 
At the Fire Chief’s direction, supervise and assign daily work activities to paid career firefighters.
2. 
At the Fire Chief’s direction, assign Fire Department personnel to cover vacation, holiday, personal leave and other approved time off, together with reviewing and approving or denying all leave requests.
3. 
Coordinate and supervise fire inspections of multiple dwellings and other occupancies in consultation with the Building Department.
4. 
At the Fire Chief’s direction, monitor performance and conduct regularly scheduled performance evaluations of all paid career firefighters.
5. 
At the Fire Chief’s direction, coordinate and supervise paid career firefighter’s training.
6. 
Participate in fire suppression and emergency medical treatment activities, as required.
7. 
Perform new construction inspections, zoning law administration, code enforcement duties, fire inspections and building plan review, as required.
8. 
Complete required reports relative to personnel, training, zoning law administration, code enforcement duties, construction inspections, and fire inspections.
9. 
Enter and inspect any such building, structure or premises in the City of Beacon and may perform any other act or duty necessary for the proper enforcement of the codes, ordinances and law of the City of Beacon.
10. 
Issue all appropriate notices or orders to remove illegal or unsafe conditions, to require the necessary safeguards during construction and to ensure compliance during the entire course of construction with the requirements of such laws, ordinances or regulations.
11. 
Issue summons and appearance tickets for violations of the codes, ordinances and local laws of the City of Beacon.
12. 
Be designated as a career firefighter in the City of Beacon Fire Department.
13. 
Perform related work and duties as required.

Sec. 4.12 Police Department.

The Police Department, as organized and staffed upon the effective date of this Charter, shall continue until otherwise provided by local law or ordinance. The executive head of the Police Department shall be the Chief of Police, who shall be appointed by the Mayor, with the consent of a majority of the Council, pursuant to the Civil Service Law.

Sec. 4.14 Office of Assessor.

[Amended 3-3-1997 by L.L. No. 1-1997]
The Assessor shall be appointed by the Mayor with consent of a majority of the Council for a term as provided by the New York Real Property Tax Law. The office of Assessor shall meet the qualification standards set forth in the Real Property Tax Law.

Sec. 4.16 City Officers.

[Amended 7-18-1991 by L.L. No. 5-1991]
The positions of Code Enforcement Officer, inspectors and other officers of the city as existing on the effective date of this Charter shall continue until otherwise provided by local law or ordinance. Every city officer shall, before he enters upon the duties of his office, take, subscribe and file with the City Clerk the constitutional oath of office.