The form of government established by the Charter of the City of Rittman shall be known as "mayor-council-manager". The representative branch shall consist of the Council and Mayor elected by the voters of the Municipality and shall possess the legislative, judicial and administrative powers specified in the Charter. The Council shall appoint a Municipal Manager who shall execute the laws and administer the government of the Municipality.
The Mayor shall be elected at the regular Municipal election in 1997 and every fourth year thereafter. His or her term shall commence on the first Monday in December following his or her election and expire on the first Monday in December four (4) years hence. The Mayor shall preside at all the meetings of Council but shall have no vote therein except in the case of a tie vote. The Mayor shall be considered a member of Council when so voting. The Mayor shall not preside at Executive Sessions of Council unless invited by a majority of Council members. The Mayor shall be recognized as the official head of the Municipality for all ceremonial purposes, by the Governor for military purposes and by the courts for the purpose of serving civil process.
The Council shall consist of six (6) members, all of whom shall be elected at-large for four (4) year terms. Three (3) Council Members shall be elected every odd numbered year at the regular Municipal Election held in November and shall assume office on the first Monday in December following the election for a term expiring the first Monday in December four (4) years hence. All legislative power of the Municipality and the determination of all matters of policy shall be vested in the Council including the creation of offices, boards, divisions and commissions not otherwise provided for in the Charter.
The Municipal Manager
The Municipal Manager shall be chosen by the Council solely on the basis of his or her executive and administrative qualifications with special reference to his or her actual experience in, or his or her knowledge of, accepted practice in respect to the duties of his or her office as hereinafter set forth. A Municipal Manager shall be appointed by a vote of at least five (5) of the members of the Council and shall serve at the pleasure of the Council. A Municipal Manager who is removed shall receive at least one (1) month's salary from the date of such removal, unless such removal is due to conviction of a felony or other crime involving moral turpitude. The Municipal Manager need not be a resident of the City or State at the time of his or her appointment but shall establish his residence within the Municipality within a reasonable time after his or her appointment and shall thereafter maintain his or her residence within the Municipality during the tenure of his or her office. The Municipal Manager shall be the chief administrative officer of the Municipality. He or she shall be responsible to the Council for the proper administration of all affairs of the Municipality within the scope of her or her powers and duties, and the enforcement of all laws and ordinances. He or she shall manage all divisions of hte Municipal government.
The Finance Director
The Finance Director shall be appointed by a vote of at least five (5) of the members of the Council and shall serve at the pleasure of the Council. A Finance Director who is removed shall receive at least one (1) month's salary from the date of such removal, unless such removal is due to conviction of a felony or other crime of moral turpitude. The Finance Director need not be a resident of the City or the State at the time of his or her appointment, but shall establish his or her residence within the Municipality within six (6) months after his or her appointment and shall thereafter maintain his or her residence within the Municipality during the tenure of his or her office.
The Solicitor shall be appointed annually at the organizational meeting of Council by the Municipal Manager with the concurrance of a majority of the members elected to Council. He or she shall be an attorney-at-law, admitted to the practice of the law in the State of Ohio. He or shall shall be an adviser of and attorney and counsel for the Municipality and for all officers and divisions thereof in all matters relating to their official duties and shall, when requested, give legal opinions in writing. He or she shall represent the Municipality in all suits or cases in which it may be a party and shall prosecute for all offenses against the ordinances of the Municipality and such offenses against the laws of Ohio as may be required of him or her. He or she shall on request of the Municipal Manager prepare contract, legislation, bonds and other instruments in writing in which the Municipality is concerned and shall endorse on each his or her approval of the form and corrections thereof. He or she shall perform such other duties as the Municipal Manager or Council may impose upon him consistent with his or her office.
The Council shall appoint annually at its organizational meeting a Clerk of Council who shall be an elector not holding other Municipal elective or appointive office except on advisory bodies of the Municipality and except as otherwise provided in the Charter. He or she shall give notice of Council Meetings, keep the journal of its proceedings, authenticate by his or her signature and record at length in a book kept for the purpose all ordinances and resolutions adopted by the Council and perform such other duties as may be required by this Charter or by Council.