City of Laconia, NH
Belknap County
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Notwithstanding any other provision of this charter, the Police Department of the City shall be governed by a Police Commission consisting of three persons, who shall be elected by the qualified voters of the City. Those Commissioners serving under color of Laws of 1913, Chapter 148 when this popular election amendment is adopted shall continue in office until their successors are duly elected and qualified. At the November 1995 regular municipal election, all three members shall be elected. The candidates receiving the highest and the next highest number of votes in that election shall be elected to four-year terms, and the candidate receiving the next highest number of votes shall be elected to a two-year term. Thereafter, each Commissioner shall be elected to a term of four years. All elections of Police Commissioners shall be held in odd-numbered years.
All members of the Police Commission shall be nominated and elected in accordance with the nonpartisan election procedures set forth in Article II of this Charter. (Amended by referendum 11-4-2003, 1,341 yes, 407 no)
It shall be the duties of said Police Commissioners to appoint such police officers, constables and superior officers, as they may in their judgment deem necessary, and to fix their compensation.
The compensation of the Police Commissioners shall be fixed by the City Council.
The Police Commissioners shall have authority to remove any officer at any time for just cause and after due hearing, which cause shall be specified in the order or removal.
The Police Commissioners shall have full power to make all rules for the government of the police force and to enforce said rules.
This amendment shall take effect upon passage. (Added by referendum 11-2-1993, 1,621 yes, 1,396 no)