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Article 57
The township/city office shall have a mayor of township/city, who shall represent the township/city in external affairs and administer affairs of the township/city. The mayor of township/city shall be popularly elected for a term of four years and may be re-elected to a second term. A city with population of not less than three hundred thousand (300,000) may have a deputy mayor who shall assist the mayor in handling municipal affairs and shall be employed as confidential staff ,or shall be appointed and dismissed with the Civil Service Employment Act to Grade 10 . The deputy mayor employed as confidential staff shall resign his position when the mayor completes his term, resigns, is dismissed, or upon the mayor’s death.
Mayors of indigenous townships shall be mountain indigenous people. The appointed acting mayors of indigenous townships with the procedures of Article 82 shall be mountain indigenous people as well.
Apart from heads of the departments of budget, accounting and statistics; personnel; and government ethics, who shall be appointed and dismissed in accordance with specific acts on personnel administration, the other heads of the level-1 agencies shall be appointed and dismissed by the mayor of township/city in accordance with law.
The mayor of township/city elected in accordance with paragraph 1 shall take his oath of office on the day the previous term of office is completed.
Article 78
In the event of any of the following by a mayor of special municipalities, magistrate/mayor, mayor of township/city, and chief of village, the Executive Yuan, Ministry of the Interior, county government, or the township/city office or the district office shall suspend such of his office and Article 3 of the Law on Discipline of Public Functionaries shall not be applicable:
1. Accused of rebellion or treason, or in violation of the Statute for the Punishment of Corruption or the Organized Crime Prevention Act, and has been sentenced to imprisonment for not less than one year by a court of first instance; provided, however, that those in violation of the provisions that prohibits intending profit for oneself in the Statute for the Punishment of Corruption should have been sentenced to not less than imprisonment by the court of appeals.
2. In addition to the aforementioned, accused of crimes punishable by death or a minimum of not less than five years imprisonment, and convicted by a court of first instance.
3. Held in custody or is at large in accordance with criminal procedures.
In the event the verdict of the personnel suspended from office in accordance with paragraph 1 or paragraph 2 is changed to “not guilty,” or if the personnel suspended from office in accordance with paragraph 3 is no longer wanted or is released, such personnel may be allowed to resume office before the expiration of his term.
Provisions of paragraph 1 shall not apply to personnel suspended from office in accordance with paragraph 1 who is subsequently elected to the same office in accordance with law and who have taken office.
Personnel suspended from office in accordance with paragraph 1 and who has been adjudicated guilty shall be allowed to resume office before the expiration of his term unless he should be suspended from office in accordance with Article 79.
Mayors of special municipality, magistrates/mayors, and mayors of township/city suspended from office prior to the promulgation of this Act for grounds other than paragraph 1 shall be allowed to resume office before the expiration of his term.
Article 82
Where the mayor of a special municipality, magistrate/mayor, mayor of township/city, or chief of village resigns, is removed from office, or in the event of death, the Executive Yuan shall appoint an acting mayor for the special municipality; the Ministry of the Interior shall request the Executive Yuan to appoint an acting magistrate/mayor; the county government shall appoint an acting mayor of township/city; the township/city office shall appoint an acting chief of village.
Where the mayor of a special municipality is suspended from his position, the deputy mayor shall become the acting mayor. If the position of the deputy mayor is vacant or if the deputy mayor is unable become the acting mayor, the Executive Yuan shall appoint an acting mayor. Where the magistrate/mayor is suspended from his position, the deputy magistrate/mayor shall become the acting magistrate/mayor. If the position of the deputy magistrate/mayor is vacant or if the deputy magistrate/mayor is unable become the acting magistrate/mayor, Ministry of the Interior shall request the Executive Yuan to appoint an acting magistrate/mayor. Where the mayor of township/city is suspended from his position, the county government shall appoint an acting mayor of township /city; if there is a deputy mayor, the deputy mayor shall become the acting mayor. Where the chief of village is suspended from his position, the township/city office shall appoint an acting chief of village.
The acting mayor of a special municipality, magistrate/mayor, mayor of township/city, or chief of village in the preceding two paragraphs shall not be the original one’s spouse, former spouse, any of relative by blood within the fourth degree or relative by marriage within the third degree of kinship.
Where the mayor of a special municipality, magistrate/mayor, mayor of township/city, or chief of village resigns, is removed from office, or in the event of death, a supplementary election shall be completed within three (3) months from the day of such event. Provided, however, if the remaining term is not more than two years, no supplementary election shall be held; the acting mayor of a special municipality, magistrate/mayor, mayor of township/city, or chief of village shall serve until the expiration of the current term of office.
The winners of the aforementioned supplementary election shall take his oath of office within ten days from the announcement of the successful election. The term of office shall be until the expiration of the current term and shall be counted as one term of office.
The resignations as stipulated in paragraph 1 shall be carried out in writing. Mayor of special municipalities shall tender their resignations with the Executive Yuan and receive approval thereto; magistrates/mayors shall tender their resignations with the Ministry of the Interior, which shall in turn submit the resignation to the Executive Yuan for approval; mayors of township/city shall tender their resignations with the county governments and receive approval thereto; chiefs of village shall tender their resignations with the township/city office or the district office and receive approval thereto. Resignations shall take effect on the day the resignation is approved.