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 section 19 of chapter 102 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, this act shall apply to the harbormaster of the city of New Bedford. The mayor of the city of New Bedford, with the approval of the city council, shall appoint the harbormaster, who shall be a resident or registered voter of the city of New Bedford, unless a residency waiver is granted pursuant to local residency ordinances. The appointment shall be for a term of not more than 5 years. The mayor may remove the harbormaster after opportunity for a hearing. The mayor shall authorize the New Bedford harbor development commission to enter into an employment contract with the harbormaster establishing salary, benefits and all other conditions of employment.
SECTION 2. The mayor of the city of New Bedford, with the approval of the city council, may reappoint an incumbent harbormaster for a term of not more than 5 years. The reappointment shall be subject to section 1.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
Approved, May 21, 2014.