[CC 2000 §2-1-1; CC 1974 §6-1]
For the purposes of this Chapter, the term "Chief Executive Officer" shall mean the Mayor, City Clerk or other official appointed by the Board of Aldermen or elected by the public to administer the City Government and its operation.
There is hereby created within and for the City of Vinita Park an emergency management organization to be known as the Vinita Park Emergency Management Organization, which is responsible for the preparation and implementation of emergency functions required to prevent injury and minimize and repair damage due to disasters, to include emergency management of resources and administration of such economic controls as may be needed to provide for the welfare of the people, and emergency activities (excluding functions for which military forces are primarily responsible) in accordance with Chapter 44, RSMo., and supplements thereto, and the Missouri Emergency Operations Plan adopted thereunder.
This agency shall consist of a Director and other members appointed by the Vinita Park Emergency Management Organization to conform to the State organization and procedures for the conduct of emergency operations as outlined in the Missouri Emergency Operations Plan.
The organization shall perform emergency management functions within the City of Vinita Park and may conduct these functions outside the territorial limits as directed by the Governor during the time of emergency pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 44, RSMo., and supplements thereto.
[CC 2000 §2-1-4; CC 1974 §§6-4, 6-7 — 6-8; Ord. No. 651, 10-15-1984]
Appointment — Term Of Office. The Director of Emergency Operations shall be appointed by the Mayor, with the approval of the Board of Aldermen, and shall serve until removed by the Mayor, with the approval of the Board of Aldermen.
Powers And Duties.
The Director shall have such responsibilities for the organization, administration and operation of the Municipal Emergency Operations Management Agency as is delegated by the Chief Executive Officer subject to the direction and control of the Mayor, as provided by State law.
The Director may appoint, without compensation, or remove any personnel needed by the organization for the proper function of its duties.
In the event of an "emergency", as defined in Section 44.010, RSMo., the Director of Emergency Operations is authorized, on behalf of the City, to procure such services, supplies, equipment or material as may be necessary for coping with the emergency, without regard to the statutory procedures or formalities normally prescribed by law pertaining to City contracts or obligations as authorized by Chapter 44, RSMo.; provided, that if the Board of Aldermen meets at such time, the Director shall act subject to the directions and restrictions imposed by that body.
The City of Vinita Park in accordance with Chapter 44, RSMo., may:
Appropriate and expend funds, make contracts, obtain and distribute equipment, materials and supplies for emergency management purposes; provide for the health and safety of persons, the safety of property; and direct and coordinate the development of disaster plans and programs in accordance with the policies and plans of the Federal and State Governments.
Appoint, provide or remove rescue teams, auxiliary fire and Police personnel and other emergency operation teams, units or personnel who may serve without compensation.
The Mayor may enter into mutual-aid arrangements or agreements with other public and private agencies within and without the State for reciprocal emergency aid as authorized in Section 44.090, RSMo.
[CC 2000 §2-1-8; CC 1974 §6-10]
In the event of an event of catastrophic nature, the Mayor or Board of Aldermen may waive any time-consuming procedures and formalities otherwise required by Statute pertaining to advertisement for bids for the performance of public work or entering into contracts.
The Mayor of the City may, with the consent of the Governor, accept services, materials, equipment, supplies or funds gifted, granted or loaned by the Federal Government or an officer or agency thereof for emergency management purposes, subject to the terms of the offer.
No person shall be employed or associated in any capacity in the Vinita Park Emergency Management Organization who advocates or has advocated a change by force or violence in the constitutional form of the Government of the United States or in this State or the overthrow of any Government in the United States by force or violence, or has been convicted of or is under indictment or information charging any subversive act against the United States. Each person who is appointed to serve in the Vinita Park Emergency Management Organization shall, before entering upon his/her duties, take an oath, in writing, before a person authorized to administer oaths in this State, which oath shall be substantially as follows:
"I, __________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Missouri against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties upon which I am about to enter. And I do further swear (or affirm) that I do not advocate, nor am I a member of any political party or organization that advocates the overthrow of the Government of the United States or of this State by force or violence; and that during such a time as I am a member of the Vinita Park Emergency Management Organization, I will not advocate nor become a member of any political party or organization that advocates the overthrow of the Government of the United States or of this State by force or violence."
The Mayor or Board of Aldermen is authorized to designate space in any City-owned or leased building for the Vinita Park Emergency Management Organization.