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. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, there shall be in the city of Malden a department of public facilities which shall assume control, maintenance, management and responsibility for the construction, alteration, equipping, furnishing, repair, operation, use and rental of all municipal buildings controlled by the city of Malden and all real property associated with these buildings; but this act shall not apply to cemeteries, which shall remain under the direction and control of the cemetery trustees, nor to property held by the Malden government center commission under chapter 776 of the acts of 1970. The mayor, with the approval of the city council, shall, in December, 2005 and every 5 years thereafter, appoint a director of public facilities whose term of office shall be 5 years from the first day of January in the calendar year after the appointment or until a successor is appointed and qualified. The director shall be the executive and administrative head of the department and shall, subject to funding, appoint such subordinates and assistants as may be required. The director shall give priority to governmental, educational and recreational operations of the city, shall provide accommodations for public meetings and conventions and may provide space for the use of performing arts, civic, athletic and cultural organizations.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.