CHAPTER 8. EMERGENCY SERVICES.*
Sec. 8-6. Same--Powers and duties.
(a) The director is hereby empowered to:
(1) Request the city council
to proclaim the existence or threatened existence of a “local
emergency” if the city council is in session or to issue such proclamation
if the city council is not in session. Whenever a local emergency is proclaimed
by the director, the city council shall take action to ratify the proclamation
within seven days thereafter or the proclamation shall have no further force or
(2) Request the governor to proclaim a “state of
emergency” when, in the opinion of the director, the locally available
resources are inadequate to cope with the emergency.
(3) Control and direct
the effort of the emergency organization of this city for the accomplishment of
the purposes of this chapter.
(4) Direct cooperation between and
coordination of services and staff of the emergency organization of this city;
and resolve questions of authority and responsibility that may arise between
(5) Represent this city in all dealings with public or private
agencies on matters pertaining to emergencies as defined herein.
(6) In the
event of the proclamation of a “local emergency” as herein provided,
the proclamation of a “state of emergency” by the governor or the
director of the state office of emergency services, or the existence of a
“state of war emergency,” the director is hereby
a. To make and issue rules and regulations on matters reasonably
related to the protection of life and property as affected by such emergency;
provided, that such rules and regulations must be confirmed at the earliest
practicable time by the city council;
b. To obtain vital supplies, equipment
and such other properties found lacking and needed for the protection of life
and property and to bind the city for the fair value thereof and, if required
immediately, to commandeer the same for public use;
c. To require emergency
services of any city officer or employee and, in the event of the proclamation
of a “state of emergency” in the county in which this city is
located or the existence of a “state of war emergency,” to command
the aid of as many citizens of this community as he deems necessary in the
execution of his duties; such persons shall be entitled to all privileges,
benefits and immunities as are provided by state law for registered disaster
d. To requisition necessary personnel or material of any
city department or agency; and
e. To execute all of his ordinary power as
city manager, all of the special powers conferred upon him by this chapter or by
resolution or emergency plan pursuant hereto adopted by the city council, all
powers conferred upon him by any statute, by any agreement approved by the city
council and by any other lawful authority.
(b) The director of emergency
services shall designate the order of succession to that office, to take effect
in the event the director is unavailable to attend meetings and otherwise
perform his duties during an emergency. Such order of succession shall be
approved by the city council.
(c) The assistant director shall, under the
supervision of the director and with the assistance of emergency service chiefs,
develop emergency plans and manage the emergency programs of this city and shall
have such other powers and duties as may be assigned by the director. (Ord. No.
825, § 6.)