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- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 29. Municipal Government
- Chapter 20. Municipal Officers and Employees
- Section 230. Election and Term of Mayor.
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AS 29.20.230. Election and Term of Mayor.
- (a) The mayor of a borough or first class city is elected at large. The mayor of a borough or first class city serves a
term of three years, unless by ordinance a different term not to exceed four years is provided. The current term of an
incumbent mayor may not be altered. The regular term of a mayor of a borough or first class city begins on the first
Monday following certification of the election.
- (b) The mayor of a second class city is elected by and from the council, and serves until a successor is elected and
qualifies. The council of a second class city shall meet on the first Monday after certification of the regular
election and elect a mayor who takes office immediately. The mayor of a second class city serves a one-year term,
unless a longer term is provided by ordinance. The mayor of a second class city may serve only while a member of the
council regardless of the term established for the office of mayor.
- (c) Except by ordinance ratified by the voters, no limit may be placed on the total number of terms or number of
consecutive terms a mayor may serve.
- (d) Notwithstanding (b) of this section, a second class city may by ordinance provide that the mayor is elected, from the
council, by the voters rather than by the council. If an ordinance is adopted under this subsection, the council shall
meet on the first Monday after certification of each regular election and elect a council member to serve as mayor pro
tempore who takes office immediately and exercises the powers and duties of mayor until the permanent mayor takes
office. Within 45 days after certification of a regular election, a special election shall be held for the permanent
mayor. The permanent mayor takes office on the first Monday following certification of the special election and serves
until the first Monday after certification of the next regular election. The term of a mayor in office on the effective
date of an ordinance adopted under this subsection may not be altered.
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