Q Our police chief left for the academy, and the board wishes to appoint someone to be over the day-to-day operations of police department in the chiefís absence. As a code charter municipality, does the board need the permission from the chief to hire or reassign person to a full-time status or change position within the department?

A The authority to hire and fire in a code charter municipality rests exclusively with the board of aldermen, subject to mayoral veto. While the board may consider the recommendations of the current police chief, it is under no statutory obligation to follow such recommendations. (Attorney Generalís Opinion to Smith, August 9, 2019)