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City Charter Has Provision To Remove Mayor

What are the options for the city council if Mayor Eddie A. Perez is convicted of a crime, but does not resign from his elected post?

Some city council members have said that if that happens, they would demand a formal hearing to remove Perez from office, as allowed by the city's charter.

The charter states that any elected officer or employee may be removed by a vote of seven of the nine council members.

The charter calls for a hearing on formal charges, and the council must give the official or employee two weeks' notice of the date of the hearing.

The hearing must offer the official or employee an opportunity to "present testimony personally and through witnesses, to cross-examine witnesses presented in favor of removal and to compel the attendance of witnesses by subpoena issued in the name of the council," according to the charter.

The council must designate a lawyer who has been in "good standing" with the state bar for at least 10 years to preside over the hearing in place of the council president. Should the mayor be removed from office, Council President Pedro Segarra would complete his term.

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