The Chief Executive of the City of Biddeford shall be the Mayor, who with the exception of the administration of the Department of Education, shall:
Assure that the Laws and Ordinances are enforced;
Exercise general oversight over all departments, divisions, agencies, offices, and boards created herein or that may be hereafter created;
Sign warrants to be paid from the treasury after appropriations by the City Council;
Preside at meetings of the City Council and School Committee, and shall vote only in case of a tie;
Keep the City Council advised as to the business and financial condition and future needs of the City;
Call special meetings of the City Council;
Issue warrants for calling meetings and elections for any purpose in the several wards;
Perform all other duties conferred by State Law or City Ordinances.
On the first Tuesday after the first Monday in December, biennially, or no later than one month after taking office, Council members will be nominated by the Mayor to all standing committees and all other committees, boards or commissions as prescribed by Ordinances or City Charter. All nominees are subject to confirmation by the City Council.
In the event of a City board, commission or committee member vacancy, the Mayor and Chairperson of the board, commission or committee may each, within 30 days, nominate an individual to fill the vacancy and the City Council shall select a person to fill the vacancy from the two nominations; and to further provide that if the Mayor has not nominated a replacement within 30 days, the City Council President may present a nomination for the City Council’s consideration.
Every resolve or order appropriating money, having passed the City Council, shall forthwith be presented to the Mayor for approval and signature. If disapproved, the Mayor shall return it unsigned to the City Council within seven working days of its enactment with objections in writing, which objections shall be entered into the minutes of the City Council. If, upon reconsideration, 2/3 of the members present and voting shall vote to pass the resolve or order, it shall have the same effect as if signed by the Mayor.
A candidate for Mayor shall be a resident of the City of Biddeford for at least six months prior to the date on/or before which nomination papers are to be filed. The Mayor shall be sworn to the faithful performance of the duties of the office at 7:00 p.m. on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in December, following a biennial election, by the City Clerk or person authorized by law to administer oaths. The Mayor shall hold the office for two years and be re-elected without limitations. The Mayor shall not directly or indirectly enter into any contract with the City, except as provided by 30-A M.R.S.A. § 2605. The salary and compensation of the Mayor shall be $10,000 per year.
In the event of a vacancy in the office of the Mayor due to death, resignation, recall or inability to serve, the President of the City Council shall perform all duties of the office of the Mayor. If less than 180 days remain in the unexpired term, the President of the City Council shall serve as Mayor Pro Tempore until the end of the unexpired term. If more than 180 days remain in the unexpired term, the vacancy shall be filled within 60 days at a special or general election called in accordance with Article VIII, Elections, of this Charter.
Mayor will not hold any other elected city, county, state or federal office.