RS 33:404     



§404.  Duties of mayor

A.  The mayor shall have the following powers, duties, and responsibilities:

(1)  To supervise and direct the administration and operation of all municipal departments, offices, and agencies, other than a police department with an elected chief of police, in conformity with ordinances adopted by the board of aldermen and with applicable provisions of state law; however, no such ordinance may limit the authority granted to the mayor by this Paragraph.  All administrative staff shall be subordinate to the mayor.

(2)  To delegate the performance of administrative duties to such municipal officers or employees as he deems necessary and advisable.

(3)  Subject to applicable state law, ordinances, and civil service rules and regulations, to appoint and remove municipal employees, other than the employees of a police department with an elected chief of police.  However, appointment or removal of a nonelected chief of police, the municipal clerk, the municipal attorney, or any department head shall be subject to approval by the board of aldermen, except that in the case of a tie vote, the recommendation of the mayor shall prevail.  Furthermore, selection or removal of any person engaged by a municipality to conduct an examination, review, compilation, or audit of its books and accounts pursuant to R.S. 24:513 shall be subject to approval by the board of aldermen of that municipality.

(4)  To sign all contracts on behalf of the municipality.

(5)  To prepare and submit an annual operations budget and a capital improvements budget for the municipality to the board of aldermen in accordance with the provisions of R.S. 39:1301 et seq. and any other supplementary laws or ordinances.

(6)  To represent the municipality on all occasions required by state law or municipal ordinance.

(7)  To be the keeper of the municipal seal and affix it as required by law.

(8)  To sign warrants drawn on the treasury for money, to require that the municipal clerk attest to such warrants, to affix the municipal seal thereto, and to keep an accurate and complete record of all such warrants.

(9)  To have any other power or perform any other duty as may be necessary or proper for the administration of municipal affairs not denied by law.

B.  The provisions of this Section shall not be construed to alter, affect, or amend any powers, duties, and functions of any elected chief of police as set forth in R.S. 33:423, R.S. 33:423.2, and R.S. 33:423.3.

Amended by Acts 1970, No. 119, §1; Acts 1985, No. 890, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1986; Acts 1988, No. 125, §1, eff. June 29, 1988; Acts 1997, No. 836, §1, eff. July 10, 1997; Acts 2010, No. 38, §1.

NOTE:  See Acts 1985, No. 890, §3.