Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Chapter 102 of the General Laws is hereby amended by striking out section 19, as appearing in the 1986 Official Edition, and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
Section 19. The mayor of a city, except Boston, or the selectmen of a town where a harbor is situated, unless otherwise specially provided, may, and for all harbors that have been improved by the expenditure of money by the commonwealth shall, appoint a harbor master and assistant harbor masters and fix their compensation, to be paid by their respective cities or towns. Said appointment shall remain in force unless the harbor master is removed for neglect of duty, negligence or conduct unbecoming a harbor master. Assistant harbor masters shall be appointed for terms of three years. Any appointment or re-appointment of assistant harbor masters shall be on the recommendation of the harbor master.
SECTION 2. The provisions of this act shall apply to present incumbent harbor masters unless he was granted tenure in accordance with the provisions of section one hundred and twenty-six to one hundred and thirty-two, inclusive, of chapter forty-one.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon its acceptance in a city, by vote of the city council, subject to the provisions of the charter of such city, in a town, by vote of the town meeting, in a municipality having a town council form of government, by a vote of the town council, subject to the provisions of the charter of such municipality.