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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 4601         FILED ON: 11/19/2012

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The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Christopher M. Markey

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act Relative to the Town of Dartmouth Fire District No. 1.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Christopher M. Markey

9th Bristol


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 4601        FILED ON: 11/19/2012

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 4552

By Mr. Markey of Dartmouth,  a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Christopher M. Markey relative to the town of Dartmouth Fire District No. 1.  Municipalities and Regional Government. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Twelve

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An Act Relative to the Town of Dartmouth Fire District No. 1.
 

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

              Notwithstanding the provisions of any general or special law to the contrary, including any general law that has been duly adopted by the District Meeting of Dartmouth Fire District No. 1, the Fire Department of the District shall be headed by an officer to be known as the Chief of the Fire Department.  The Chief shall be appointed by the Prudential Committee of the District for a term of not more than five years; provided, that the Chief may be reappointed for another such term as often as the Prudential Committee, in its discretion, desires; further provided, that any such reappointment may only occur in the last year of the Chief’s current term.  The Chief shall receive such salary as may be determined through the execution of a contract with the Prudential Committee for the term of the appointment; provided, that such salary, once established by contract, must be annually appropriated for such purpose by the District Meeting for the length of the term of appointment.  The Prudential Committee may suspend or remove the Chief for just cause at any time after a hearing; provided, that the failure to reappoint the Chief shall not constitute such a removal and shall not require such a hearing.

              The Chief may suspend or remove any subordinate officers for just cause at any time after a hearing.  At the request of any such subordinate officer, the Prudential Committee may appoint a hearing officer for any such hearing, who shall make factual findings that are binding upon the Chief, but who shall not make any decision with respect to what, if any, discipline is merited by those findings.

              Should the Chief or any subordinate officer choose to appeal a suspension or removal, any such appeal shall be made in               writing, within ten business days, to the Chair of the Prudential Committee, and shall be subject to mandatory, binding arbitration.  Upon the timely receipt of any such written appeal, the Chair of the Prudential Committee shall submit a request to the American Arbitration Association, or any successor entity to the same, for the appointment of an arbitrator to conduct the arbitration of the appeal; provided, that the Prudential Committee and the appealing individual may agree upon a different arbitrator.  There shall be no hearing for, and no appeal of, any lesser discipline.

              The promulgation, amendment and deletion of any and all rules and regulations for the operation of the Fire Department shall be undertaken by the Chief, subject to the approval of the Prudential Committee; provided, that if the Prudential Committee fails to approve or disapprove any such promulgation, amendment or deletion within sixty days of its submission to the Chair of the Prudential Committee by the Chief, said rule or regulation shall be considered to be constructively approved.

              Except as otherwise provided herein, the powers, duties, responsibilities and limitations of fire chiefs as described in Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 48, Sections 42 and 43, exclusive of any future revisions or successor statues to the same, shall apply to the Chief.

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