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Candidate Qualifications
Mayor Qualifications
Qualifications according to the Charter of the City of Belton, Missouri  Article IV

Section 4.1. Qualifications; Election and Term

(a) Qualifications.
  The Mayor shall have been a resident of the city for two years next preceding election and a qualified voter and shall remain a resident and qualified voter of the city.
(b) Election and Term.  At the regular municipal election, the Mayor shall be elected by the qualified voters of the city at large to serve a four-year term as provided by Section 17.2(c), Election of City Officials; Mayor.

Additional information on Mayor duties is available in the Charter Article IV

City Council Qualifications
Qualifications according to the Charter of the City of Belton, Missouri  Article III.

Section 3.2. Composition; Qualifications; Election and Terms.

(b) Qualifications.
  A City Council member shall have been a resident of the city for two years next preceding election and a qualified voter and shall remain a resident of his or her ward and a qualified voter.  A City Council member shall have been a resident of his or her respective ward for six months next preceding election.
(c) Election and Terms.  City Council members shall be elected to serve staggered three-year terms as provided by Section 17.2(b), Election of City Officials; City Council.  At each regular municipal election, City Council members shall be elected to fill the offices of those whose terms expire.

Additional information on City Council duties is available in the Charter Article III.

Chief of Police Qualifications
Qualifications according to the Charter of the City of Belton, Missouri Article VIII.

Section 8.2. Qualifications; election and term

a) Qualifications.
  The Chief of Police shall possess the following minimum qualifications:
  1. The Chief of Police shall have been a resident of the city for 2 years next preceding election and a qualified voter and shall remain a resident and qualified voter of the city for the term of the office.
  2. Possess a bachelors, or higher, degree from an accredited college or university in the field of public administration, criminal justice or other related fields; or equivalent combination of training and experience which provides comparable knowledge, abilities and skills.
  3. Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of modern police administration and police methods.
  4. Considerable knowledge of the principles and accepted good practices and procedures as applied to patrol, traffic control, criminal investigation and crime prevention.
  5. Knowledge of the standards by which the quality of police service is evaluated and of the use of police records and their application to police administration.
  6. Knowledge of the types and uses of firearms, communications and automotive equipment in modern police work,
  7. Knowledge of the functions of federal, state and local jurisdictions and authorities as they relate to police work.
  8. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other city officials, state, county and federal authorities, civic leaders and the general public.

b) Election term at each regular municipal election.  The Chief of Police shall be elected by the qualified voters of the city at large to serve a four-year term as provided by Section 17.2 (d)

Additional information of Chief of Police duties is available in the Charter Article VIII.


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