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Title 24 Appendix : Municipal Charters



(Cite as: 24 App. V.S.A. ch. 219, § 3)
  • § 219-3. Officers

    (a) At every annual meeting, the corporation shall, by ballot, if called for, elect for the ensuing year, and until their successors shall be chosen, a Moderator, who shall preside at all meetings of the corporation, with the powers of a moderator at town meetings; a Clerk, who shall keep a record of all proceedings of the corporation, with power to certify copies of the same, and who shall perform the usual duties of clerk; a Treasurer, who shall be sworn, and who shall discharge the usual duties of the office, and give bond in the sum as the corporation shall direct for the faithful performance of the same; subject to the bylaws and ordinances of the Village.

    (b) The Village may elect such other officers, and enact bylaws, not repugnant to the laws of this State, as the public interest may require; provided, that if the annual meeting shall fail to be held for want of the notice mentioned, or for any other cause, the corporation shall not be prejudiced; and the several officers may at any time thereafter be elected at a special meeting called for that purpose as provided.

    (c) The officers of the corporation shall be elected from among the legal voters of the Village. If an officer, during his or her term, ceases to be a legal voter of the Village, his or her office shall be declared vacant by the Board of Trustees. If a vacancy occurs in an office for any cause other than the expiration of a term, the trustees of the Village shall fill the vacancy by appointment until the next annual meeting of the Village.

    (d) Any elected Village officer may be removed from office subject to the following conditions and procedures:

    (1) There is filed with the Village Clerk a written petition signed by not less than 30 percent of the registered voters of the Village seeking the removal of the Village officer.

    (2) There shall be held thereafter and within 45 days after the filing of the petition with the Village Clerk a special Village meeting for the purpose of voting on the removal of the Village officer.

    (3) If two-thirds of the votes cast at the special Village meeting result in an affirmative vote to remove the Village officer, the Village officer shall cease to hold that office and the office shall be considered to be vacant at the conclusion of the affirmative vote.

    (4) The vacancy shall be filled as provided by law and this charter.

    (e) Only one petition for removal may be filed against any given Village officer during any 12-month period of his or her term of office. (Added 1886, No. 195, § 3; amended 1890, No. 87, § 8; 1896, No. 157, § 6, 7; 1898, No. 190, § 1; 1906, No. 266, § 3; 1909, No. 265, § 1; 1923, No. 196, § 1; 1987, No. M-26 (Adj Sess.),§ 2; 1989, No. M-2, § 1; 2007, No. M-22 (Adj. Sess.), § 3, eff. May 19, 2008.)