§ 3. Duties of the City Manager  


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  • In time of public danger or emergency until the mayor, or in the absence of the mayor the vice-mayor, assumes the duties of commanding the police, maintaining order and enforcing the law under Article III, Section 1 of the charter, the city manager shall perform such duties and shall immediately proceed to take all action necessary to preserve and protect the public peace and the lives, persons and property within the city of Cincinnati that are endangered or potentially endangered by the factors constituting such public danger or emergency.

    The city manager shall establish and put into effect procedures whereby circumstances or events which constitute a public danger or emergency or which are likely to be productive of a public danger or emergency shall be immediately reported to the city manager by members of the departments under the authority and control of the city manager. Upon receipt of any information of circumstances or events which may constitute an actual or potential public danger or emergency, the city manager shall immediately convey such information to the mayor, or in the absence of the mayor, to the vice-mayor, and thereafter shall convey such information to all other members of council as soon as is practicable. The city manager shall establish procedures to be used in the manager's absence for so notifying the mayor, the vice-mayor and the members of city council and shall continue effort to contact the mayor or vice-mayor in accordance with the provisions of this article while proceeding to act in their absence.

    The city manager shall establish procedures for taking positive action through all the appropriate departments of the city under the city manager's jurisdiction to control and suppress riots and to protect the public peace and the lives, persons, and property within the city of Cincinnati in times of emergency and shall keep the mayor informed in detail as to these plans and preparations. The city manager shall consult with the mayor in regard to the formulation of such plans and preparations for the purpose of providing a course of action that can be pursued effectively and expeditiously by the city under the direction of the city manager or mayor. The city manager and the mayor shall keep the vice-mayor informed of all plans and procedures for dealing with public dangers or emergency, in preparation for the possibility of the vice-mayor assuming such duties in the absence of the mayor. In the absence of the mayor and the vice-mayor, the city manager shall be authorized to proceed to take any action deemed necessary under the provisions of this article and to exercise their powers as set forth herein.

(Ordained by Ord. No. 172-1968, eff. Apr. 17, 1968; a. Ord. No. 299-1979, eff. Aug. 4, 1979)