Section 6. The elective officers of the City of Napa shall be a Mayor and four Councilmen.
Officers elected at large.
Section 7. The Mayor and Councilmen shall be elected at the General Municipal Election on a general ticket from the City at large.
Terms of Office.
Section 8. The terms of all elective officers shall be for four years, commencing on the first Tuesday of the month succeeding their election and until their successors have qualified. (Amended June 5, 1953; July 3, 1963; June 15, 1971; March 14, 1973; November 4, 1986; June 7, 1994.)
Section 9. Each office shall be filled by election at the General Municipal Election immediately preceding the date of the expiration of the term of said office, except at the first General Municipal Election under this Charter.
Qualifications of elective officers.
Section 10. No person shall be eligible to hold any elective office in the City of Napa unless he is and has been a resident therein for a period of one year immediately preceding the date of such election, and he must continue a resident of said City during the term of this office, and if he fails to so continue a resident of said City, his office shall, by reason thereof, become vacant.
Section 11. A vacancy shall exist in any elective office when the person elected thereto fails to qualify within ten days after the issuance of a certificate of election; dies, resigns, ceases to be a resident of the City of Napa; absents himself continuously therefrom for a period of more than thirty days without permission of the City Council; fails to attend the meetings of the City Council for a like period without being excused therefrom by said body; is convicted of a felony; is judicially determined to be insane or an incompetent person; forfeits his office under the provisions of this Charter; is removed from office by judicial proceedings or when such vacancy is declared to exist therein in the manner in this Charter provided.
Vacancies in elective office, how filled.
Section 12. In case of a vacancy in any elective office, however created, the same shall be filled by appointment made by a majority vote of the remaining members of the City Council within forty-five days from the date of such vacancy. In the event such an appointment is not so made within said forty-five days, the City Council shall immediately call a special election to fill such vacancy or vacancies in the same manner as election of elective officers at a regular municipal election; provided, however, that such special election to fill vacancies need not be called if a General Municipal Election is scheduled within one hundred eighty days from the date of such vacancy or vacancies, nor shall such special election be held within sixty days prior to a State-wide election unless consolidated with it, nor shall such special election be held with sixty days after such State-wide election.
Council appointees to fill such vacancy or vacancies shall hold office until the first Monday the month following the next General Municipal Election, at which election a person or persons shall be elected to serve for the remainder of said unexpired term, or for a new term if the term of the vacated seat has expired. (Amended May 25, 1949; January 27, 1965; March 14, 1973; June 7, 1988; June 7, 1994.)
Oath of office.
Section 13. Every officer of the City of Napa, before entering upon the duties of his office, shall take the oath prescribed by the Constitution of this State and file the same with the City Clerk.
Section 14. All officers, except the Mayor, Councilmen and City Attorney, shall give bonds for the faithful performance of their duties, payable to City of Napa, to be approved by the City Council, in such penal sum as shall have been prescribed by ordinance. If at any time, in the opinion of the City Council, for any cause, such bonds shall become insufficient, it may require a new or additional bond to be given. The premium or charge for bonds given by surety companies for such officers shall be paid by the City. (Amended May 25, 1949; January 27, 1965.)
Section 15. The members of the City Council shall receive compensation for their services only upon the passage of an ordinance providing for such compensation. No ordinance so enacted shall be valid if the amounts of compensation provided for therein are in excess of the limits provided for General Law Cities in Section 36516 of the Government Code of the State of California as it presently exists or may hereafter be amended by the State Legislature. Any change in compensation shall not apply to a member of the Council during his term of office except that when a member of the Council becomes eligible for such adjustment by reason of starting a new term of office other members shall likewise become eligible for such adjustment. (Amended June 11, 1968.)
Administering oaths, subpoenas.
Section 16. Every officer of the City of Napa and every member of any board provided for in this Charter shall, in all matters of or pertaining to the City or its business, have the power of administering oaths and affirmations, and the City Council and every such board shall have the power to issue subpoenas to compel the production of books, papers and documents and to take and hear testimony concerning any matter or thing pending before the City Council or before any such board.
If any person so subpoenaed neglects or refuses to appear or to produce any book, paper or document, as required by such subpoena, or shall refuse to testify before the City Council or before any board, or to answer any question which a majority of such City Council or board shall decide to be proper and pertinent, he shall be deemed in contempt, and the City Council or any such board shall have power to take the proceedings in that behalf provided by the General Laws of this State.
The Chief of Police must, on the request of the City Council, of any member of any such board, detail a police officer or police officers to serve such subpoenas.