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Chapter 2.08 - Operating Departments

I. Police Department
2.08.010 Establishment-Head of department
There is established the Police Department and the position of Chief of Police. (Ord. O-93-25 § 19, 1993; Ord. O-87-48 § 1, 1987; Ord. O-76-16 § 3 (part), 1976).

2.08.020 Powers and duties of Chief and of Police Department
The Chief of Police, by himself or any member of the police force, which includes all sworn police agents within the Police Department, shall execute and return all writs and processes to him directed by the Municipal Judge in any case arising under a city ordinance. In criminal cases, quasi-criminal cases, or cases in violation of city ordinances, he may serve the same in any part of the county in which the city is situated. He or any police agent of the Police Department shall suppress all riots, disturbances and breaches of the peace, apprehend all disorderly persons in the city, and shall pursue and arrest any person fleeing from justice in any part of the state, and shall apprehend any person in the act of committing any offense against the laws of the state or ordinances of the city. The Chief of Police of the city, acting himself and by and through the police agents of the Police Department, shall, in the discharge of his (and their) proper duties, have like powers, and be subject to like responsibilities as sheriffs in similar cases. (Ord. O-93-25 § 20, 1993; Ord. O-87-48 § 2, 1987; Ord. O-76-16 § 3 (part), 1976).

2.08.030 Additional powers and duties
The Police Department, acting by and through its chief and its police agents shall:
A. Preserve the public peace, prevent crime, detect and arrest offenders, protect the rights of persons and property, and regulate and control traffic in accordance with the laws of this state and the ordinances of this city;
B. Hold all powers and authority necessary to perform all duties and functions consistent with public safety;
C. Provide training for department personnel;
D. Provide central records, investigation and communications for public safety protection. (Ord. O-93-25 § 21, 1993; Ord. O-87-48 § 3, 1987; Ord. O-76-16 § 3 (part), 1976).

2.08.040 Sworn positions within the Police Department
A. The positions of sworn police agents of the city shall be as set forth in the city pay plan, established from time to time by ordinance or ordinances enacted by the City Council.
B. All sworn police agents of the city shall be subject to the direction and control of the Police Department and shall be municipal policemen and peace officers under state statute and ordinances of this city, responsible for the prevention of crime, accidents and other incidents prohibited by statute or ordinance, and the protection of life and property, all pursuant to and as provided by statute and ordinance. (Ord. O-93-25 § 22, 1993; Ord. O-87-48 § 4, 1987; Ord. O-76-16 § 3 (part), 1976).

2.08.050 Civilian positions within the Police Department
The positions of civilian personnel of the Police Department of the city shall be as set forth in the city pay plan, established from time to time by ordinance or ordinances enacted by the City Council. (Ord. O-87-48 § 5, 1987; Ord. O-76-16 § 3 (part), 1976).


2.08.060 Oath
All sworn police agents shall take and subscribe an oath to support the Constitution and laws of the state, the Constitution of the United States, and the ordinances of the city, and to faithfully perform the duties of the office upon which each of such persons has entered or is about to enter. (Ord. O-93-25 § 23, 1993; Ord. O-87-48 § 6, 1987; Ord. O-76-16 § 3 (part), 1976).


II. Department of Public Works
2.08.070 Established
The Department of Public Works and the position of the Director of the Department of Public Works are established. (Ord. O-98-52 § 12, 1998; Ord. O-91-59 § 9 (part), 1991; Ord. O-79-46 § 3, 1979; Ord. O-76-16 § 3 (part), 1976).

2.08.080 City Engineer/Traffic Engineer-A part of department
The City Engineer and the Traffic Engineer shall be a part of the Department of Public Works and subject to the direction of the Director of Planning, Permits and Public Works. The Transportation Administrator of the city shall also be and is designated as the Traffic Engineer, unless and until the Director of the Department of Public Works, with the approval of the City Manager, shall assign the duties and responsibilities of the Traffic Engineer to another officer of the city. (Ord. O-98-52 § 12, 13, 1998; Ord. O-91-59 § 9 (part), 1991; Ord. O-76-16 § 3 (part), 1976).

2.08.090 City Engineer to be registered professional engineer
The City Engineer shall be a registered professional engineer. (Ord. O-98-52 § 13, 1998; Ord. O-76-16 § 3 (part), 1976).

2.08.100 Duties
The Director of the Department of Public Works and the Department of Public Works shall have general supervision and control of engineering services, traffic engineering services, fleet management, general city street and storm sewer maintenance, permits, building inspection, building code enforcement, construction inspection, water resources and sewer facilities. (Ord. O-98-52 § 12, 13, 14, 1998; O-91-59 § 1, 1991; Ord. O-76-16 § 3 (part), 1976).

2.08.110 Responsibility for all engineering work
The Director of the Department of Public Works and the City Engineer shall be responsible for the supervision of all engineering work required by or for the city, other than such work as may be assigned to other departments or offices of the city. (Ord. O-98-52 § 12, 13, 1998; Ord. O-91-59 § 6 (part), 1991; Ord. O-76-16 § 3 (part), 1976).

2.08.120 Building Official
The administrative officer of the city in charge of building inspection shall be the Building Official of the city, who shall have all of the powers and duties of the Building Official provided for in the Lakewood Building Code. Such officer and the building inspectors of the city shall be within and a part of the Department of Public Works, subject to the supervision and control of the Director of the Department of Public Works. (Ord. O-98-52 § 12, 16, 17, 1998; Ord. O-91-59 § 11 (part), 1991; Ord. O-76-16 § 3 (part), 1976).

2.08.130 Enforcement of Building Code
The Building Official shall have all necessary power and authority to enforce the building code or codes of the city in the manner set forth therein, or in applicable statute or ordinances. (Ord. O-98-52 § 16, 17, 1998; Ord. O-76-16 § 3 (part), 1976).


2.08.140 Staff assistance
The Director of the Department of Public Works, together with the staff of the Department of Public Works, shall provide such staff assistance as may be required by the Board of Appeals. (Ord. O-98-52 § 12, 16, 17, 1998; Ord. O-91-59 § 12, 1991; Ord. O-76-16 § 3 (part), 1976).


III. Department of Community Planning and Development
2.08.150 Staff assistance
The Director of the Department of Community Planning and Development, together with the staff of the Department of Community Planning and Development, shall provide such staff assistance as may be required by the Planning Commission and the Board of Adjustment. (Ord. O-98-52 § 12, 15, 18, 1998; Ord. O-91-59 § 11 (part), 1991; Ord. O-82-111 § 3, 1982; Ord. O-76-16 § 3 (part), 1976).

2.08.160 Duties
The Director of Community Planning and Development and the Department of Community Planning and Development shall have general supervision and control of planning services, development review and code enforcement, strategic planning and economic development. (Ord. O-98-52 § 12 & 19, 1998; Ord. O-91-59 § 4 (part), 1991; Ord. O-76-16 § 3 (part), 1976).

2.08.170 Administration of zoning ordinance, subdivision regulations and land use
The Department of Community Planning and Development shall be responsible for the administration of the city's zoning ordinance or ordinances, subdivision regulations and land use regulatory codes or ordinances as may be enacted from time to time. (Ord. O-98-52 § 12, 20, 21, 1998; Ord. O-91-59 § 4 (part), 1991; Ord. O-76-16 § 3 (part), 1976).

IV. Community Resources
2.08.180 Established-Position of Director
There is established a Department of Community Resources and the position of Director of Community Resources. (Ord. O-98-52 § 22, 1998; Ord. O-89-3 § 1 (part), 1989: Ord. O-76-16 § 3 (part), 1976).

2.08.190 Duties
The Director of Community Resources shall have general supervision and control of services and programs relating to heritage, culture and the arts, regional and urban parks, golf facilities, open space, recreational areas and activities, playgrounds, facilities management and park planning and construction and shall provide staff assistance to related community boards and commissions. (Ord. O-2000-34 § 2, 2000; Ord. O-98-52 § 22, 23, 1998; Ord. O-89-3 § 1 (part), 1989; Ord. O-76-16 § 3 (part), 1976).


IX. Department of Housing and Family Services
2.08.290 Established - Position of Director
There is established a Department of Housing and Family Services and the position of Director of Housing and Family Services. (Ord. O-2000-34 § 3, 2000).

2.08.300 Duties
The Director of Housing and Family Services shall have general supervision and control of services and programs relating to community (family) services and housing and shall provide staff assistance to related community boards and commissions. (Ord. O-2000-34 § 3, 2000).

V. City Clerk's Office
2.08.200 Establishing City Clerk's office and position of City Clerk
There is established the City Clerk's office and the position of City Clerk, who shall have charge of the City Clerk's office. (Ord. O-98-52 § 2, 1998; Ord. O-87-19, § 1 (part), 1987).

2.08.210 Duties of City Clerk's Office
The City Clerk's office and the City Clerk shall have general supervision and control over the city's official records; shall keep the city seal and shall affix such to city documents; shall attest to the signatures of the Mayor and City Manager; shall conduct municipal elections in accordance with state statutes and local ordinances; shall keep a complete record of all proceedings of the City Council, and shall perform other such duties as may be assigned from time to time by the City Manager. (Ord. O-98-52 § 2, 1998; Ord. O-87-19 § 1 (part), 1987).

VI. Department of Employee Relations
2.08.220 Establishing Department of Employee Relations and position of Director of Employee Relations
There is established a Department of Employee Relations and the position of Director of Employee Relations, who shall be and is designated as the Personnel Officer of the city, and who shall have charge of the Department of Employee Relations. (Ord. O-98-52 § 4, 1998; Ord. O-79-46 § 1, 1979; Ord. O-76-16 § 2 (part), 1976).

2.08.230 Duties of Department of Employee Relations
The Department of Employee Relations and the Director of Employee Relations shall be responsible for the administration of all personnel and employment services of the city and for the maintenance of all city personnel records, and shall perform such other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the City Manager. (Ord. O-98-52 § 4, 1998; Ord. O-93-25 § 15, 1993; Ord. O-85-24 § 1 (part), 1985; Ord. O-76-16 § 2 (part), 1976).


VII. Department of Finance
2.08.240 Establishing Department of Finance and position of Director of Finance
There is created a Department of Finance and the position of Director of Finance, who shall have charge of the Department of Finance of the city. (Ord. O-98-52 § 6, 1998; Ord. O-79-46 § 2, 1979; Ord. O-76-16 § 2 (part), 1976).

2.08.250 Duties of Department of Finance
The Department of Finance and Director of Finance shall have general supervision and control over the keeping of the financial records of the city; shall cooperate with the City Treasurer in the preparation and keeping of financial records; shall keep records which show at all times the financial condition of the city, including current and anticipated revenues and expenses of all municipal funds and accounts; shall have general supervision and control over all of the city's purchasing services, and shall perform such other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the City Manager. (Ord. O-98-52 § 6, 1998; Ord. O-85-24 § 1 (part), 1985; Ord. O-76-16 § 2 (part), 1976).

2.08.260 Approval of vouchers-Delegation of Treasurer's duties
Before submission to the Treasurer for payment, the Department of Finance shall in advance approve all vouchers to be paid for purchases made by the City. The Treasurer is authorized to delegate to the Director of Finance and the Department of Finance such of the duties and responsibilities of the Treasurer as may be delegable, and may to the extent of such delegation rely upon the actions and records of the Department of Finance for all of the purposes of such delegation. (Ord. O-98-52 § 6, 1998; Ord. O-93-25 § 16, 1993).

VIII. Department of Information Technology
2.08.270 Establishing Department of Information Technology and position of Director of Information Technology
There is established the Department of Information Technology and the position of Director of Information Technology. (Ord. O-98-52 § 11, 1998).

2.08.280 Duties of Department of Information Technology
The Department of Information Technology and the Director of Information Technology shall have general supervision and control of planning and implementing strategies, work plans and projects providing for orderly and cost-effective development, installation, and operation of information systems and computer and telecommunications technologies. (Ord. O-98-52 § 11, 1998).


X. General Provisions
2.08.310 Appointment and removal of directors and responsibility to City Manager
The Directors of the Police Department, Department of Public Works, Department of Community Planning and Development, Department of Community Resources, the City Clerk's Office, Department of Employee Relations, Department of Finance, Department of Information Technology and the Department of Housing and Family Services shall be appointed by and be subject to the supervision and control of the City Manager, and shall be subject to removal by the City Manager in conformity with the provisions of applicable ordinances of the City. (Ord. O-98-52 § 12, 24 & 25, 1998; Ord. O-93-25 § 24, 1993; Ord. O-91-59 § 13, 1991; Ord. O-89-3 § 1 (part), 1989; Ord. O-76-16 § 3 (part), 1976).

2.08.320 Additional duties of directors
Each of the directors of the departments set out in Section 2.08.290 shall have the general supervision and control of the respective department administered by such director and of the establishment of appropriate divisions and the assignment of functions and personnel, the reorganization of divisions and reassignment of functions and personnel, within their respective departments, all subject to the approval of the City Manager and to the authority of the City Manager set forth in Sections 2.06.080 and 2.06.090. (Ord. O-98-52 § 24 & 26, 1998; Ord. O-76-16 § 3 (part), 1976).

2.08.330 Additional administrative duties of department heads
The aforesaid directors of the departments set out in Section 2.08.290 shall, in addition to the duties heretofore set forth, have such additional administrative duties as may be assigned by the City Manager from time to time. (Ord. O-98-52 § 24 & 27, 1998; Ord. O-76-16 § 3 (part), 1976).