City of Fairfield, Ohio
  serving our community with pride
Manage Utilities Buy Tickets Calendar Mobile App Map / GIS Court Records YouTube
City of Fairfield, Ohio

Related Links: City Charter (PDF) | Fairfield Codified Ordinances 

Charter of the City of Fairfield

Click on the bold article headings below to read the full text of that section of the charter. The full charter can be downloaded as a PDF using the link to at the right, or you may search the Charter and City Ordinances here.

NOTE: The Fairfield Charter was approved by voters on June 6, 1979. Dates appearing in parentheses following section headings indicate those sections were subsequently amended, added or repealed on the date given.


Preamble

Article I Name; Boundaries; Form Of Government
§1.01 Name and Boundary.
§1.02 Form of Government. (6-8-82)

Article II Corporate Powers
§2.01 Powers Granted.
§2.02 Exercise of Powers.
§2.03 Construction of Powers.
§2.04 Intergovernmental Cooperation.

Article III The Council
§3.01 Powers of Council. (6-8-82)
§3.02 Composition of Council, Term of Office. (11-5-96)
§3.03 Wards, Determination and Reapportionment.
§3.04 Council President.
§3.05 Vice-Mayor. (11-3-98)
§3.06 Clerk of Council.
§3.07 Council Meetings.
§3.08 Council Rules, Organizational Meetings. (11-3-98)
§3.09 Compensation. (11-3-98)
§3.10 Council Vacancies.
§3.11 Citizen Comments.
§3.12 Council Investigation.

Article IV Legislative Procedure
§4.01 Form of Action by Council. (6-8-82)
§4.02 Introduction of Ordinances and Resolutions.
§4.03 Form of Ordinances and Resolutions.
§4.04 Reading Ordinances and Resolutions.
§4.05 Vote Required for Passage.
§4.06 Content of Emergency Legislation.
§4.07 Effective Date of Legislation.
§4.08 Repeal of Ordinances or Resolutions.
§4.09 Authentication.
§4.10 Zoning Measures. (11-5-96)
§4.11 Adoption of Codes by Reference.
§4.12 Codification of Ordinances and Resolutions.
§4.13 Publication of Ordinances and Resolutions.
§4.14 Citizen Petitions for Council Consideration.

Article V The Mayor
§5.01 Election, Term of Office. (11-5-96)
§5.02 Powers and Duties.
§5.03 Vacancy.

Article VI The City Manager
§6.01 Appointment, Removal and Qualifications. (6-8-82)
§6.02 Powers, Duties and Functions. (6-8-82; 11-6-84; 11-2-93)
§6.03 City Manager May Act as Department Head. (6-8-82)
§6.04 Acting City Manager. (6-8-82)

Article VII Administrative Departments
§7.01 Department of Law. (6-8-82)
§7.02 Department of Finance. (6-8-82; 11-2-93)
§7.03 Department of Development Services. (11-5-02)
§7.04 Other Administrative Departments. (6-8-82; 11-5-02)
§7.05 Acting Department Heads. (6-8-82)

Article VIII Boards And Commissions
§8.01 Planning Commission.(11-5-02)
§8.02 Board of Zoning Appeals.
§8.03 Board of Building Appeals. (6-8-82)
§8.04 Civil Service. (6-8-82; 11-6-84; 11-4-86; 11-2-99; 11-5-02)
§8.05 Parks and Recreation Board. (6-8-82; 11-6-84; 8-8-88; 11-2-93; 11-3-98)
§8.06 Charter Review Commission. (11-3-98)
§8.07 Other Boards and Commissions.
§8.08 Organization, Vacancies, Ex-officio Member. (6-8-82; 11-3-98)
§8.09 Compensation Prohibited.

Article IX Finance, Taxation And Debt
§9.01 General Provisions. (11-2-93)
§9.02 Purchasing and Contracting Procedures. (6-8-82)

Article X Nominations, Elections, Initiative, Referendum And Recall
§10.01 Nominations. (11-2-99)
§10.02 Elections. (6-8-82)
§10.03 Initiative and Referendum.
§10.04 Recall.

Article XI General Provisions
§11.01 Limitations on Terms of Elected Officials. (11-5-96)
§11.02 Qualifications of Officers. (11-7-00)
§11.03 Removal of Elected Officials and Members of Boards and Commissions. (11-7-00)
§11.04 Conflicts of Interest, Ethics, Campaign Financing.
§11.05 Succession.
§11.06 Effect of Charter on Existing Laws and Rights.
§11.07 Retirement Systems.
§11.08 Amendment of Charter.
§11.09 Effect of Partial Invalidity.
§11.10 Interference with Administration.
§11.11 Open Meetings.

Article XII Transitional Provisions
§12.01 Effective Date of Charter.
§12.02 Effects of Charter on Existing Offices. (6-8-82; 11-5-96)
§12.03 Continuance of Present Employees.