Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
SECTION 1. The position of chief of the police department of the city of Waltham shall not be subject to the provisions of chapter 31 of the General Laws.
SECTION 2. Section 1 shall not affect the civil service status of any person holding the office of the chief of police of the city of Waltham on the effective date of this act.
SECTION 3. This act shall not affect the civil service status of any other member of the police department of the city of Waltham.
SECTION 4. Any person who is appointed to the position of chief of police from his position as a police ranking officer of the city of Waltham shall be entitled to retain certain civil service rights as follows: if such person resigns from the position of chief of police, he shall be entitled to an appointment to his previous rank in said police department, but any conduct of such person that occurred while serving as chief of police that led to his resignation shall become part of his record in his previous rank and shall render him subject to any civil service disciplinary proceeding upon his reappointment to his previous rank. Upon such reappointment, he shall re-obtain whatever civil service rights and status he had as of the date he was appointed to the position of chief of police.
SECTION 5. This act shall take effect on February 1, 2000.