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(a) Election; Appointment. The City Attorney shall be elected by the voters of the City. The City Manager and City Clerk shall be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the City Council and shall be in the Unclassified Service. In addition, there shall be in the Unclassified Service a private secretary for the City Manager, City Attorney and the Mayor and Council who shall be appointed by the respective officers for whom they serve. All other officers and department heads of the City and the Assistant City Manager shall be appointed by the City Manager subject to the approval of the City Council. The City Attorney shall also appoint Assistant or Deputy City Attorneys as may be authorized by the Council, who shall be in the Unclassified Service. The City Clerk may also appoint Assistant or Deputy City Clerks as may be authorized by the Council subject to the approval of the Council who shall be in the Unclassified Service. It is further provided the City Council may, by ordinance, place Assistant and Deputy Department Heads, Assistants to the City Manager and new management level positions in the Unclassified Service by a four-fifths vote of the Council.

(b) Removal. Officers and employees in the Unclassified Service appointed by the City Council may be removed by them at any time by a majority vote of the members of the Council, and such officers and department heads in the Unclassified Service appointed by the City Manager or City Attorney, respectively, may be removed by him or her at any time and, in the case of appointees in the Unclassified Service, the order of the City Council, the City Attorney, or the City Manager affecting said removal shall be final and conclusive. The position of said officers and employees shall be declared vacant if said officer or employee is convicted of a felony or crime involving moral turpitude. Any appointee or employee in the Unclassified Service so removed by the City Manager, the City Attorney or City Clerk may, however, within five (5) days after receipt of a notice of dismissal, demand a written statement of the reason for such dismissal, a copy of which shall be forthwith filed with the City Council. Upon receipt of such written statement so furnished by the City Manager, the City Attorney or City Clerk to the City Council, the Council shall fix a time and place for a public hearing, at which hearing the Council shall have authority to investigate the facts set forth in said written communication from the City Manager, the City Attorney or City Clerk containing the reason for said dismissal, and determine the truth or falsity of said facts. Council shall report its findings and recommendations made as a result of such hearing, and cause a copy of said findings to be delivered to the City Manager, the City Attorney or City Clerk and file the original with the City Clerk. The dismissed appointee or employee in such cases shall have the right to file with the Council a written reply or answer to any charges filed by the City Manager, the City Attorney or the City Clerk. All written documents, including the City Manager’s, the City Attorney’s or the City Clerk’s written reasons for such dismissal, and the reply of the dismissed appointee or employee, the findings and decisions of the Council, and any documentary evidence used at the hearing shall be filed with the proper office of the City as public records, open for inspection at any time. Nothing herein contained, however, shall be construed as in any way limiting the authority and power of the City Manager, the City Attorney or the City Clerk to remove any appointee or employee in the Unclassified Service of the City, so appointed or employed, and all such removals shall be final and conclusive.

(c) No Fiscal Impacts. Except as expressly provided in Section 503, nothing in this Section 500 shall be construed to limit the budgetary authority of the City Council as respects the officers and employees under the supervision of the City Attorney.