Except as otherwise provided in section 705.53 of the Revised Code, at the first meeting following each regular municipal election, the legislative authority of a municipal corporation shall elect one of its members as chairman and one other member as vice-chairman. The chairman shall preside at meetings of the legislative authority and perform such duties as are imposed upon him, as presiding officer, by the legislative authority. In municipal corporations in which a municipal court is not otherwise provided, the chairman shall perform all of the general duties provided in section 733.30 of the Revised Code, shall have such jurisdiction as is provided by section 1905.20 of the Revised Code, and shall be styled "police justice" in the performance of all judicial duties, and in such style he shall sign all processes and judicial records during the time he serves. He shall keep a docket in which he shall enter all cases brought before him. Such docket shall be provided by and be the property of the municipal corporation. At the end of each month, such police justice shall make a report to the legislative authority of all cases brought before him.
When the chairman of the legislative authority or police justice is absent from the municipal corporation, or is unable to perform his duties, or in case of death, resignation, or removal, the vice-chairman shall act as chairman and perform all of the duties provided for chairman and police justice, pending any future meeting of the legislative authority at which it may select one of its members, who has been elected as provided in sections 705.31 and 705.32 of the Revised Code, to become the chairman and police justice for the period of time that such chairman is absent from the municipal corporation, or is incapacitated for any cause, or in the event of his death, resignation, or removal. The member so selected shall become the chairman of the legislative authority and police justice for the unexpired term.
Effective Date: 09-19-1985