City of Warren, PA
Warren County
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[Amended 11-3-1987 by Ord. No. 1464; 4-9-1990 by Ord. No. 1510]
The elected officers of the municipality shall be a Council comprising seven members elected at large, one of whom shall be elected by the voters as Mayor. The Mayor shall be the presiding officer of Council.
All elected officers shall have been residents of the municipality for at least one continuous year prior to the date of their election and shall be registered voters of the municipality.
The regular election of all elected officers shall be held on the municipal election day as established from time to time by the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, commencing in the year 1977.
[Amended 11-3-1987 by Ord. No. 1464; 4-9-1990 by Ord. No. 1510]
In 1989 municipal elections, a Mayor and three Council members shall be elected for four-year terms and three Council members shall be elected for two-year terms, the latter to be those candidates receiving the fourth, fifth and sixth largest pluralities; and in the 1991 municipal elections, three Council members shall be elected for four-year terms; and continuing in such manner that three Council members be elected at each municipal election and a Mayor at every other municipal election, all to serve four-year terms.
Every elected officer, prior to assuming office, shall take and sign an oath or affirmation to support the United States of America and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and to perform the duties of the office with fidelity. The oath or affirmation may be taken and signed before any judge or district justice of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. No person shall be permitted to assume such office until the oath, in written form, has been filed with the municipality.
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A vacancy of an elected officer shall occur upon the death, resignation, removal from office in any manner authorized by law or this Charter, or forfeiture of the office, or for failure to serve in such office after election thereto within 45 days after the commencement of the term thereof. An elected officer shall forfeit office if he lacks at any time during the term of office any qualification for the office prescribed by this Charter, or by law, or is convicted of a crime more serious than a summary offense as defined by Pennsylvania law, or is absent from three consecutive regular meetings of Council without having been excused by Council.
B. 
In the case of failure of attendance, the Council shall declare such office vacant.
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Vacancies in any elected office shall be filled by vote of Council within 30 days after the occurrence of such vacancy. Every person so appointed shall possess the same qualifications as herein set out for persons elected to such office.
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Every person appointed to fill any such vacancy shall be entitled to hold such office for the balance of the unexpired term, so long as he shall continue to possess the qualifications pertinent to the office, except when the vacancy shall occur within 18 months after the commencement of the elective term, in which case the person appointed to fill such vacancy shall serve only until the first day of January of the first even-numbered year following his appointment. The balance of such unexpired term shall be filled by a person elected by the qualified voters of the municipality at the municipal election in the year preceding such first day of January.
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In any case where Council shall refuse, fail or neglect, or be unable, for any reason whatever, to fill any such vacancy within the thirty-day period aforesaid, the Court of Common Pleas shall then, upon petition of a Council member or of any five registered voters of the municipality, fill the vacancy by the appointment of a qualified voter of the municipality, who shall hold such office for the same period as if he had been appointed by Council.
The Council shall be the judge of the qualifications of its members and of the grounds for forfeiture of their office. A member charged with conduct constituting grounds for forfeiture of the office shall be entitled to a public hearing upon request within 10 days, and notice of such hearing shall be published in one or more newspapers of general circulation in the municipality at least one week in advance of the hearing. Decisions made by Council under this section shall be subject to review by the courts in accordance with existing law.
No elected officer shall hold any other compensated municipal office or municipal employment during the term for which he is elected. No former elected or appointed officer shall hold any other compensated appointive municipal office or municipal employment, nor shall he act as a paid consultant to the municipality until after the expiration of the term for which he was elected, or until one year after his resignation from an appointive office.
Each elected officer shall receive compensation, which shall be determined from time to time by Council, provided each member of Council shall receive compensation of not less than $100 per month, except that the Mayor shall receive compensation of not less than $150 per month. Such compensation, or any change therein, shall not become applicable to any incumbent officer until the commencement of a new term of office.