Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. There is hereby established in the town of Marblehead a department of buildings, hereinafter called the department, which shall be under the jurisdiction of the building commissioner of said town.
Said department shall have all of the powers and duties vesting in or exercised by the following departments or offices, which may be renamed divisions and included within the department: building department, including building commissioner; wire inspector; and plumbing inspector. The town may, by by-law, add, abolish, rename or combine divisions, and their functions within the department. No contracts, obligations or liabilities in force on the effective date of this act, or on the date on which a present office or department is included within said department, shall be affected hereby, but said department shall in all respects be the successor of the officers and departments included within said department.
SECTION 2. The board of selectmen shall appoint a building commissioner whose qualifications, powers and duties shall be determined by the General Laws and such by-laws of the town as may from time to time be lawful. Said building commissioner shall have full authority over the operations of the department and in the implementation of the policies therein. Said building commissioner may appoint and remove, subject to the approval of the said board and appropriation, such assistants and employees as said commissioner deems necessary. Said officers and employees of said department transferred or employed in said department shall not be subject to the provisions of chapter thirty-one of the General Laws.
All present officers and employees of any of the departments or offices listed in section one shall be transferred to said department, and retain all rights and benefits entitled to as of the effective date of this act.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon its passage.