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412.571 CONTINUANCE IN OFFICE; ELECTIONS.
    Subdivision 1. Composition of council. When an optional plan is first adopted in any
statutory city in which the standard plan of statutory city government is then in operation, the
council shall continue as then constituted until the expiration of the term of the incumbent clerk.
At the city election preceding expiration of the term of the incumbent clerk, one council member
shall be elected in addition to the council member or council members who would otherwise be
chosen at the election. If a minority of the other council members is chosen at the election, the
term of the additional council member chosen at the election shall be four years, but if a majority
of the other council members is chosen at the election, the initial term of the additional council
member chosen at the election shall be two years. At each regular election thereafter, council
members shall be elected for four-year terms. If the optional plan is adopted at the regular city
election at which the office of clerk is to be filled, the candidate elected to that office at the
election shall not assume the office of clerk in January, but shall become the additional council
member unless appointed clerk under the optional plan, in which case the unfilled office of
council member shall be considered vacant.
    Subd. 2. Incumbent clerk and treasurer. When an optional plan is first adopted in any
city in which the standard plan is then in operation, the incumbent clerk and treasurer, or
clerk-treasurer, shall continue to serve until the expiration of their respective terms.
    Subd. 3. From one option to another. When an optional plan is abandoned and another
optional plan is adopted in its place, incumbent members of the council shall continue to serve
until the expiration of their respective terms, and the election schedule shall not be affected
by the change.
    Subd. 4. From one option to standard plan. When any optional plan is abandoned and the
standard form of city government is resumed, terms of then incumbent council members shall not
be affected by the abandonment; but until the first business day of January following the next
regular city election, the clerk shall not serve as a member of the council. At the city election
preceding that date one council member less shall be elected.
    Subd. 5. Standard plan restored; clerk, treasurer. When any optional plan is abandoned
and the standard form of city government is resumed, the office of clerk, or clerk-treasurer shall
remain appointive until the first business day of January following the next regular city election
and the office of treasurer, if there is no clerk-treasurer, shall remain appointive until the first
business day of January following the first subsequent city election at which the clerk is not
elected; and the successor to the incumbent clerk, clerk-treasurer, and treasurer shall be chosen at
the regular city election immediately preceding the January in which the office becomes elective.
History: 1949 c 119 s 73; 1951 c 378 s 15-17; 1965 c 417 s 9,10; 1967 c 289 s 12; 1973 c
123 art 2 s 1 subd 2; 1976 c 44 s 28-30; 1986 c 444; 1989 c 30 s 7,8