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Title 24 Appendix : Municipal Charters

Chapter 003 : CITY OF BURLINGTON

Subchapter 006 : EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS

(Cite as: 24 App. V.S.A. ch. 3, § 190)
  • § 3-190. Chief may remove member for cause; hearing

    (a) Whenever it shall appear to the Chief that any member of said force has become incompetent, inefficient, or incapable from any cause, or is or has been negligent or derelict in his or her official duty, or is guilty of any misconduct in his or her private or official life, or whenever any well-grounded complaints or charges to such effect are made in writing to the Chief by a responsible person against such member, the Chief may investigate and, after appropriate notice and hearing, dismiss such member from the force, order a demotion in rank, or suspend the member without pay for a specified time period in excess of 14 days. In connection with any possible dismissal, demotion, or suspension for more than 14 days, the Chief's notice to the member shall be given at least 48 hours prior to any hearing and shall include a description of the charges being considered. In connection therewith, the Chief shall have the power to subpoena witnesses and to administer the oath to such witnesses. The Board of Police Commissioners shall hear any appeal filed in a timely manner with respect to such actions of the Police Chief. The time of filing an appeal and the nature of the appellate process shall be as determined by such Board of Regulation. Following its consideration of any such appeal, the Board may affirm, modify, or vacate the decision made by the Chief of Police.

    (b) Whenever it shall appear to the Mayor that the Chief has become incompetent, inefficient, or incapable from any cause, or has been negligent or derelict in his or her official duty, or is guilty of any misconduct in his or her private or official life, or whenever any well-grounded complaints or charges to such effect are made in writing to the Mayor by a responsible person, the Mayor may suspend the Chief from duty pending a hearing thereon by the City Council. The City Council shall forthwith notify the Chief of the charges preferred by them, or of the complaints or charges presented by such responsible person in writing, and shall thereupon proceed to consider and investigate the same. It shall appoint a time and place for the hearing of such complaints and charges so made, shall give the Chief reasonable notice of the same, not less than 48 hours, and the City Council shall have the power to subpoena witnesses and to administer the oath to such witnesses.

    (c) If, upon hearing, the City Council shall find such complaints or charges to be well founded, it may dismiss the Chief from the force, demote him or her in rank, or suspend him or her without pay for a period not to exceed 60 days. The procedures outlined in this section shall control in the event of any conflict with section 129 of this charter as pertains to the removal of the Chief.

    (d) The Chief may, without notice or hearing for any infraction, violation, or disobedience of any of the rules and regulations of the Police Department that may seem to the Chief sufficient, suspend from duty without pay any member of the police force for a period not to exceed 14 days. (Amended 2003, No. M-14 (Adj. Sess.), § 7.)