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Article XV - Transitional Provisions

15.1 Purpose
The purpose of this article is to provide for an orderly transition from the present municipal government to a home rule government under the provisions of this Charter. The provisions of this article shall constitute a part of this Charter only to the extent necessary to accomplish an orderly transition.

15.2 Effective Date of Charter
This Charter shall become effective upon an affirmative vote of a majority of registered electors of the City voting thereon.

15.3 Continuation of Mayor and City Council
The Mayor and members of the City Council in office on the effective date of this Charter shall continue to serve and carry out the functions, powers, and duties of their respective offices until the Mayor and members of City Council are elected at the first regular municipal election following the effective date of this Charter and until such elected Mayor and members of City Council take the oath of office; provided, however, should this Charter become effective at the regular municipal election to be held on November 1, 1983, the Mayor and members of City Council elected at said election shall commence their terms of office at the time and for the terms as prescribed in Section 2.6 (a) and (b) of this Charter.

15.4 City Council Duties
The Mayor and members of the City Council in office on the effective date of this Charter shall take all actions necessary or desirable to accomplish the orderly transition from the present municipal government to a home rule government under the provisions of this Charter.

15.5 Continuation of Officials and Employees
(a) The City Clerk and the City Treasurer in office on the effective date of this Charter may continue to serve and carry out the functions, powers, and duties of their respective offices as though they had been appointed or employed in the manner provided by this Charter for administrative employees of the City. Their offices shall be considered administrative in nature under this Charter and they and their offices shall in all respects be subject to the provisions of this Charter and any ordinance not in conflict therewith.

(b) Should this Charter become effective at the regular municipal election held on November 1, 1983, those persons elected at said election as City Clerk and City Treasurer shall hold their respective offices as elected officials of the City until the regular municipal election in the year 1985, or unless those persons sooner vacate their respective elected offices for any reason. Such persons shall commence their terms of office as prescribed in Section 2.6 (a) of this Charter.

(c) All other officers and employees of the City may continue in office or in the employment which they held prior to the effective date of this Charter, as though they had been appointed or employed in the manner provided by this Charter, and they shall in all respects be subject to the provisions of this Charter and any ordinance not in conflict therewith.


15.6 Municipal Court
(a) Those judges of the Municipal Court in office on the effective date of this Charter shall continue to serve in their respective capacities as Presiding Municipal Judge and Associate Municipal Judge. Any part-time municipal judge in office on the effective date of this Charter shall be designated as a Municipal Judge.

(b) The name of the Presiding Municipal Judge in office on the effective date of this Charter shall be placed on the ballot for a full term at the regular municipal election to be held in the year 1985, provided such judge files a declaration of intent to serve with the City Clerk as provided in this Charter.

(c) The names of the Associate Municipal Judge and of any Municipal Judge in office on the effective date of this Charter shall be placed on the ballot for a full term at the first regular municipal election to be held after the effective date of this Charter, provided such judges file with the City Clerk a declaration of intent to serve as provided in this Charter.