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CITY OF NORTH ADAMS, MASSACHUSETTS Office of the Mayor Richard J. Alcombright July 27, 2010 #61 The Honorable City Council North Adams, Massachusetts Re: Home Rule Petition Dear Honorable Members: As you may or may not know, Public Safety Commissioner E. John Morocco is facing mandatory retirement in September. ‘As Public Safety Commissioner, John provides a valuable and high level of service to this city and to this office. He is a very important part of my Executive Team providing counsel, leadership, management, grant writing, and mentoring to all public safety staff for the City of North Adams. While we have two excellent directors in both police and fire who manage all aspects of day-to-day operations within their departments, John is able to focus on prioritization, budgeting, grant writing and emergency management services for the city. The Home Rule Order that I am proposing will ask the Commonwealth to allow John to continue in his role as Commissioner. While I feel we have very strong police and fire services, the past couple of years have seen many new hires and John’s experience and leadership is key to the continued development and success of our Public Safety Department. I respectfully request adoption of the Order and upon adoption will forward to Senator Downing and Representative Bosley for filing. Respectfully submitted, Richard J. ox Mayor RAI 10 Main Street + North Adams, Massachusetts 01247 413) 662-3000 City of North Adams Gn City Council auly..27,..2010. WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of North Adams, at the request and with the approval of the Mayor, has the authority to submit by way of Home Rule Petitions requests to adopt Special Laws governing and affecting the City; and WHEREAS, the Mayor of the City of North Adams deems it prudent and in the best interests of the City to continue the employment of E. John Morocco as Commissioner of Public Safety for the City of North Adams past the mandatory retirement age pursuant to the General laws of the Commonwealth; and WHEREAS, to accomplish the foregoing and in furtherance of the best interests of the City, the City Council desires to submit the Act, in the form attached hereto and made a part of this Order, and entitled “An Act Authorizing the City of North Adams to Continue the Employment of Public Safety Commissioner E. John Morocco", to the Massachusetts Legislature for adoption into law by the Great and General Court, NOW THEREFORE, it is ordered: That the City Council hereby approves the Act in the form attached, and that the Mayor, acting on behalf of the City, be and is hereby authorized to petition the Massachusetts Legislature and to request the adoption by the Great and General Court of the act in the form attached hereto, together with any reasonable amendments thereto, in form or substance, within the scope of the general public objectives of this. petition, Chapter of the Acts of 2010 AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF NORTH ADAMS TO CONTINUE THE EMPLOYMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSIONER E. JOHN MOROCCO 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 any general or special law to the contrary, E. John Morocco, Commissioner of Public Safety for the City of North Adams, may continue to serve in such position past the mandatory retirement age otherwise required by law. ‘The appointing authority may, at its own expense, require that E. John Morocco be examined by an impartial physician to determine that he is mentally and physically capable of performing the duties of that position. Deductions shall continue to be made from the regular compensation of E, John Morocco under Chapter 32 of the General Laws for any service preformed hereunder. SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon its passage.