Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. The city of Springfield is hereby authorized to establish by ordinance the position of commissioner of code enforcement, hereinafter called the commissioner. Said commissioner shall have all the powers and duties vested in the building commissioner, housing code enforcement director and the sealer of weights and measures of said city. In addition to such duties as may be established, from time to time by ordinance, statute or rule and regulation, the commissioner or his designee shall enforce the provisions of chapter forty A, section one hundred and seventy-six to one hundred and eighty, inclusive, of chapter ninety-four, chapter ninety-eight, chapter ninety-nine, sections one hundred and twenty-seven to one hundred and twenty-seven L, inclusive, of chapter one hundred and eleven, chapter one hundred and forty-three and section thirty-two of chapter one hundred and sixty-six of the General Laws, chapter three hundred and forty-nine of the acts of nineteen hundred and ten and chapter eight hundred and forty-two of the acts of nineteen hundred and sixty-seven.
SECTION 2. The commissioner shall be an architect, as defined in section sixty A of chapter one hundred and twelve of the General Laws or professional engineer, as defined in section eighty-one D of said chapter one hundred and twelve and shall be subject to the residency ordinance of the city of Springfield. Said commissioner shall be appointed by the mayor for a term of five years and shall be subject to removal for cause in accordance with the charter of said city. He shall be exempt from the provisions of section nine A of chapter thirty and chapter thirty-one of the General Laws.
SECTION 3. Upon the appointment of a commissioner, the positions of building commissioner, housing code enforcement director and sealer of weights and measures in the city of Springfield are abolished. The persons holding said positions at the time of such appointment shall become deputies to the commissioner and shall perform such duties as may be specified by ordinance or assigned by the commissioner. The provisions of this section shall not impair the civil service status of any person holding such positions at the time of appointment of a commissioner.
SECTION 4. The city of Springfield is hereby authorized to establish, by ordinance, a department of code enforcement, hereinafter called the department. The department shall have all the powers, duties, rights, liabilities, responsibilities and functions of the building department, housing code enforcement department and the sealer of weights and measures department which shall be abolished upon the establishment of the department and their administrative units shall be transferred to the department. The department shall have such other powers, duties, rights, responsibilities and functions as may from time to time be assigned thereto by ordinance, statute, rule or regulation of said city.
SECTION 5. All officers and employees of any department abolished who have tenure in these positions by reason of section nine of chapter thirty of the General Laws or hold permanent appointment in positions classified under chapter thirty-one of the General Laws are hereby transferred to the department, every such transfer to be without impairment of civil service status, seniority, retirement or other rights of the employee without interruption of service within the meaning of section nine A of said chapter thirty and said chapter thirty-one and without reduction in compensation and salary grade, notwithstanding any change in title or duties as a result of such transfer subject however to the provisions of said chapter thirty-one and the rules and regulations established thereunder. All officers and employees of any such department abolished who do not hold permanent appointment in such positions, or do not hold such tenure, are hereby transferred to said department without impairment of seniority, retirement, and other rights, without interruption of service within the meaning of said section nine A of said chapter thirty, and without reduction in compensation and salary grade. Nothing in this section shall be construed to confer upon any officer or employee any rights not held prior to such transfer or to prohibit any subsequent reduction in compensation or salary grade not prohibited prior to such transfer.
SECTION 6. This act shall take effect upon its passage.