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, the fire chief of the city of Fall River shall be the head of the fire department and shall be responsible for the management and operation of the department. The position of fire chief shall be exempt from chapter 31 of the General Laws.
SECTION 2. The fire chief shall be appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the city council and shall be employed by contract for a term not to exceed 3 years. The terms and conditions of the contract shall be determined by the mayor and approved by the city council.
SECTION 3. The board of fire commissioners shall consist of 3 persons to be appointed by the mayor in accordance with the city charter and shall be advisory in nature.
SECTION 4. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
Approved July 18, 2008