Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. The first paragraph of section 2-7 of the charter of the city of Newton, which is on file in the office of the archivist of the commonwealth as provided by section twelve of chapter forty-three B of the General Laws, is hereby amended by striking out the first sentence and inserting in place thereof the following sentence:- As soon as practicable after the board of aldermen has been organized, it shall elect, by ballot or otherwise, a city clerk and a comptroller of accounts as officers of the city to hold office for the term of two years and until their successors are qualified, unless they are removed by vote of a majority of the full board, taken by ballot.
SECTION 2. Said section 2-7 of said charter is hereby further amended by striking out subparagraph (c).
SECTION 3. Said charter is hereby further amended by striking out section 3-3 and inserting in place thereof the following section:-
Section 3-3. Appointments by Mayor.
(a) The mayor shall appoint all city officers, department heads and members of the city agencies for whom no other method of appointment or selection is provided by the charter or by law. Appointments made by the mayor shall become effective sixty days after the date on which notice of the proposed appointment is filed with the city clerk, as provided in section 3-4, unless the board of aldermen shall within the said sixty days reject such appointment. Rejection by the board of aldermen shall require a two-thirds vote of the full board, except that an appointment to a multiple member body may be rejected by a majority vote of the full board.
(b) The mayor shall appoint a collector-treasurer for a term coterminous with the mayor's term and until a successor for the position of collector-treasurer is qualified unless he is removed by the mayor prior to the expiration of such term. The mayor shall submit the proposed appointment to the board of aldermen as soon as possible after the mayor's term commences or as soon as possible after a vacancy occurs in the collector-treasurer's office. The board of aldermen must approve this appointment by majority vote of the full board within ninety days from the date on which notice of the proposed appointment is filed with the city clerk as provided in section 3-4, or the proposed appointment shall not take effect. Removal of the collector-treasurer by the mayor prior to expiration of the collector-treasurer's term in office shall not take effect until approved by majority vote of the full board of aldermen. The collector-treasurer shall receive and pay out all money belonging to the city according to the order of its authorized officers. No other person shall have authority to pay any bill of any municipal department. He shall have such other powers and perform such other duties as the mayor may prescribe in addition to such duties as may be prescribed by law.
(c) The question on rejection of any appointment made by the mayor shall not be subject to charter objection as provided in section 2-9(c).
SECTION 4. This act shall take effect upon its passage.