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Roger Baker
Tooele City Attorney

90 North Main Street
Tooele, UT 84074

Phone: 435.843.2120
Fax: 435.843.2129


Title 1. Chapter 6. Mayor

1-6-1. Mayor and mayor pro tem; vacancy.

The chief executive of the City shall be the Mayor, and during the Mayor’s temporary absence or disability, the Chairperson of the City Council shall act as Mayor Pro Tem, who during such absence or disability shall possess the power of Mayor. Whenever a vacancy shall happen in the office of Mayor, the Council shall appoint an interim Mayor until the next Municipal election and until a successor is elected and qualified.

(Ord. 2019-07, 04-03-2019) (Ord. 2012-11, 04-04-2012) (Ord. 1967-3, 08-14-1967)

1-6-2. Mayor.

The Mayor shall be the chief executive officer of the City.

(Ord. 1967-3, 08-14-1967)

1-6-3. Duties.

The Mayor shall perform all duties which are or may be prescribed by law or this Code and shall see that they are faithfully executed.

(Ord. 2012-11, 04-04-2012) (Ord. 1967-3, 08-14-1967)

1-6-4. Powers generally.

The Mayor shall exercise within the City limits the power conferred upon the Mayor to suppress disorder and keep peace. The Mayor shall have authority to grant full pardons for violations of the provisions of this Code or to remit so much of any fine or penalty as belongs to the City, together with the costs of prosecution when to the Mayor it shall seem just, reasonable, and a meritorious cause. The Mayor shall report to the Council the number of fines remitted and pardons granted and the reasons therefor. The Mayor may permit the use of the facilities in the City Hall, by proper persons and for proper purposes, but not to interfere with the rights and uses of the City. The Mayor shall have power and authority at all times to examine and inspect the books, records and papers of any officer or agent employed by the City. The Mayor shall have power, when necessary, to call upon every inhabitant of the City over the age of twenty-one (21) years to aid in enforcing the laws and provisions of this Code, in suppressing riots and other disorderly conduct. The Mayor’s powers and duties shall include:

(1) To appoint and dismiss from employment all persons employed by the City except for the city recorder or other employees appointed by the Council, and except as conditioned upon Council consent, both as provided by the Charter. All such appointments are to be made on the basis of fitness alone.

(2) To have direct supervision and responsibility over operations in the Finance Department, City Attorney’s Office, City Recorder’s Office, Human Resources Department, Police Department, Fire Department, City Hall, Community Development Department, Public Works Department, Parks and Recreation Department, Information Technology Department, Economic Development Department, and other administrative departments as may be created or amended from time to time. Included as a part thereof, the Mayor shall have direct supervision of the construction, improvements, repairs, and maintenance of streets, sidewalks, alleys, lanes, bridges, and other public highways; of sewers, drains, ditches, culverts, streams and water courses, and gutters and curbs; of all public buildings, boulevards, parks, playgrounds, squares, and other grounds and facilities belonging to the City; and the collection and disposal of waste materials.

(3) To care for and preserve all machinery, tools, appliances, facilities, and property belonging to the City.

(4) To oversee the issuing of building permits, the inspection of buildings, plumbing, and wiring, subject to uniform codes adopted by the City.

(5) To act as the purchasing agent for the City through an authorized designee, to see that city codes and purchasing policies are adhered to, to approve all claims against the City less the $30,000.00, and to see that all goods purchased by and for the City are received as per contract.

(6) To attend all meetings of the Council with the right to take part in the discussion but not to vote, except in case of a tie vote of the Council; to recommend to the Council for adoption such measures as the Mayor may deem necessary or expedient.

(7) To be the budget officer of the City and, in that capacity, to prepare the annual tentative budget (to be construed as a financial estimate only) and present it to the City Council by the first Wednesday in May, to prepare and present the annual final budget to the City Council as required by state law, and to keep the Council advised as to the financial condition and needs of the City.

(8) To perform such other duties as may be required by ordinance or resolution of the Council or otherwise allowed by the Charter or by State law.

(Ord. 2022-28, 08-03-2022) (Ord. 2022-02, 01-19-2022) (Ord. 2021-23, 07-21-2021) (Ord. 2019-21, 09-04-2019) (Ord. 2019-07, 04-03-2019) (Ord. 2012-11, 04-04-2012) (Ord. 1995-21, 01-06-1996) (Ord. 1976-23, 11-11-1976) (Ord. 1967-3, 08-14-1967)

1-6-5. Messages.

The Mayor shall from time to time give the Council information relative to the affairs of the City and shall recommend for their consideration such measures as the Mayor may deem expedient.

(Ord. 2019-07, 04-03-2019) (Ord. 1967-3, 08-14-1967)

1-6-6. Officers.

The Mayor shall appoint the following officers: city attorney, treasurer, police chief, fire chief, four members of the Planning Commission, all department heads except the city recorder, and members of advisory boards as provided by this Code, with the consent of the City Council, except as expressly permitted otherwise by the City Code or Utah Code. (The following officers shall be appointed by the Council: city recorder, auditor, annual independent auditor, and three members of the Planning Commission.)

(Ord. 2019-07, 04-03-2019) (Ord. 2012-11, 04-04-2012); (Ord. 1994-56, 01-31-1995) (Ord. 1967-3, 08-14-1967)

1-6-7. Assistant to mayor. Repealed.

(Ord. 2012-11, 04-04-12)

1-6-8. Appointments. Repealed.

(Ord. 2012-11, 04-04-12)

1-6-9. Sign for city.

The Mayor shall sign contracts, leases, deeds, and other writings on the part of the City as authorized by resolution of the Council or as required by law. Notwithstanding, the Mayor shall have authority to sign contracts on the part of the City which are administrative in nature and which are for less than $30,000.00, without further City Council authorization.

(Ord. 2022-28, 08-03-2022) (Ord. 2019-07, 04-03-2019) (Ord. 2012-11, 04-04-2012) (Ord. 2000-17, 08-16-2000) (Ord. 1967-3, 08-14-1967)


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