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412.021 OFFICERS.
    Subdivision 1. Election. Upon the filing of the certificate with the secretary of state, if the
vote is in favor of incorporation, the judges of election appointed by the director of the Office of
Strategic and Long-Range Planning or the county board as the case may be, shall fix a day at least
15 and not more than 30 days thereafter and a place for the holding of an election for officers. The
judges shall also fix the time, not less than three hours, during which the polls shall remain open
at the election and shall post a notice setting forth the time and place of such election in three
public places in the city for at least ten days preceding the election.
    Subd. 2. Officers to be elected. There shall be elected at the election a mayor for a term
expiring the first business day of January of the next odd-numbered year and four or six council
members, for terms so arranged that half expire the first business day of January of the next
odd-numbered year and half the first business day of January of the second odd-numbered year.
No candidate for council member shall run for a particular term but the number of years in
the term of each successful candidate shall be determined by the relative standing among the
candidates for office, the longest terms going to the half of the elected candidates who received
the highest number of votes. If the election occurs in the last four months of the even-numbered
year, no election shall be held in the city on the annual city election day that year, and the next
following year shall be disregarded in fixing the expiration of terms of officers chosen under this
subdivision at the initial election.
    Subd. 3.[Repealed, 1969 c 1146 s 20]
    Subd. 4.[Repealed, 1969 c 1146 s 20]
    Subd. 5. Initial salaries. After the qualification of its members, the council may by
ordinance fix the salaries of the mayor and council members. Notwithstanding the provisions of
section 415.11, subdivision 2, the ordinance shall not become effective for at least ten days after
publication in the official newspaper; and if, before the end of that time a petition asking for an
election on the ordinance signed by voters equal to ten percent of the number of voters at the
incorporation election is filed with the clerk, the ordinance shall not become effective until it is
approved by a majority of the votes cast on the question at a regular or special election.
History: 1949 c 119 s 5; 1951 c 378 s 1; 1959 c 686 s 13; 1965 c 417 s 5; 1965 c 856 s 1;
1967 c 289 s 3; 1973 c 34 s 2; 1973 c 123 art 2 s 1 subd 2; 1974 c 337 s 6,7; 1975 c 271 s 6;
1983 c 359 s 63; 1986 c 444; 1989 c 30 s 3; 2003 c 2 art 5 s 8