The Mayor shall be elected by the voters of the City at large and one Council Member shall be elected by the voters of each ward. The term of office of the Mayor and Council Members shall be four years. The offices of Mayor and Council Member shall be filled at the general election preceding the expiration of the term of each such office. The first election for Mayor under this Charter shall be held on the first Tuesday in November in the year 2013. The first election for Council Members under this Charter shall be held on the first Tuesday in November in the year 2015. The regular election of the Mayor and each Council Member shall be held every four years; existing terms shall continue uninterrupted by this Charter. The term of office of each officer elected at a general City election shall commence on the first day of January following such election unless otherwise stated in this Charter.
The salaries of elected officials shall be fixed by the Common Council; however, the compensation of an elected officer shall not be increased or decreased during his or her term of office, except as otherwise authorized by state law.
An elective officer shall be a resident of the City for a continuous period of at least one year prior to taking office and be a registered voter.
The Mayor may administer oaths or take certified affidavits from individuals in matters relating to the affairs or interests of the City.
The full-time Judge of the City Court of Oneonta shall be elected pursuant to the Uniform City Court Act. The jurisdiction, practice, and procedure of the City Court shall be as set forth in the Uniform City Court Act.