(a) Mayor. There shall be elected at the general municipal election a Mayor who shall hold office for a term of four years and until a successor is elected and qualified.
(b) Duties. The Mayor shall be a member of the City Council and shall perform all the functions and have all of the powers and rights of a duly elected Councilmember. In addition to said powers and duties, the Mayor shall have the power and duty:
(1) to report to the City Council annually and from time to time on the affairs of the City and to recommend for its consideration such matters as deemed expedient, and
(2) to be the official head of the City for all political and ceremonial purposes and to be recognized by the courts for the purpose of serving civil process, for the signing of all legal instruments and documents, and by the Governor for emergency purposes, and
(3) in the time of public danger or emergency, the Mayor, with the consent of the Council, and for such period as the council may fix, to take command of the police, maintain order and enforce the law, and
(4) to assume the primary, but not the exclusive responsibility, for interpreting to the people the policies, programs and needs of the City government and for informing the people of any major change in policy or program. The Mayor may represent the City in any and all matters involving other governmental agencies, provided that no act, promise, commitment or agreement entered into or committed by the Mayor shall be binding upon the City of Chula Vista unless duly authorized or ratified by the City Council, and
(5) to represent the City in all regional public agencies which require an elected City official, unless otherwise determined by the City Council, and
(6) to supervise the operation of the mayor/council office and personnel assigned thereto, and
(7) to perform such other duties consistent with the office as may be prescribed by this Charter or delegated to the Mayor or imposed on the Mayor by the City Council if not inconsistent with the provisions of this Charter, and
(8) to exercise the full-time function as Mayor of the City during the usual business hours that the offices of the City are open, and such other hours and times as shall be necessary to discharge in full the duties imposed upon the Mayor.
(c) Compensation. The Mayor shall receive an annual salary equivalent to 66% of the salary of a Judge of the Superior Court of the State of California. The Mayor shall also receive reimbursement on order of the Council for Council-authorized travel and other expenses when on official duty out of the City. The City Council may also provide, by resolution, for the payment to the Mayor of an allowance of a sum certain per month, as reimbursement for the additional demands and expenses made upon and incurred by the Mayor.
(d) Mayor Pro Tempore. The City Council shall designate one of its members as Mayor Pro Tempore, who shall serve in such capacity at the pleasure of the City Council. The Mayor Pro Tempore shall perform the duties of the Mayor during the Mayor’s absence or disability.