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James. L. Gitz
City Hall Building
524 W. Stephenson
Freeport, IL 61032
Email: James L. Gitz
8:30 a.m. - 4:30
Monday – Friday
Provide sound municipal leadership and efficient, high
quality services that enhance the safety, economic prosperity, quality of
life, and public health of our community.
Powers and duties:
- Be the chief executive and administrative officers of the City
Government, enforce the laws of the City and require the faithful
performance of all administrative duties.
- Perform all such duties as are imposed upon him or her by statute or
ordinance, and take care that the laws and ordinances are faithfully
- Supervise the conduct of all officers of the City, examine all
reasonable complaints made against any of them and cause all violations
of duty and other neglect to be punished promptly or reported to the
proper tribunal for correction.
- Have the power, at all times, to examine and inspect books, records
and papers of any agent, employee or officer of the City.
- Have the power, either by himself or herself or by any officer or
person designated by him or her, to investigate and inquire into the
affairs or operation of any department, division, board or office. When
so authorized by Council, he or she may employ consultants and
professional assistants to aid in such investigations, examinations or
- Appoint competent and qualified officers and employees and have the
power to dismiss, suspend and discipline all officers and employees
under his or her control. He or she may also require a department head
or officer responsible to him or her to appoint or remove subordinates.
- Designate himself or herself, or some other officer or employee, to
perform the duties of any office or position which is vacant, or which
lacks administration, due to the absence or disability of the incumbent.
- Assemble estimates of the financial needs and resources of the City
for each ensuring year, and prepare a program of activities within the
financial power of the City.
- Have the power to assign any employee of the City to an office or
department requiring services appropriate to the ability of the employee
- Prescribe such rules and regulations as he or she shall deem
necessary or expedient for the conduct of administrative agencies
subject to his or her authority, and have the power to revoke, suspend
or amend any rule or regulation of any such agency, except where
prescribed by ordinance.
- Have the power to set aside any action taken by a department head
under his or her control, and to supersede him or her in the functions
of his or her office.
- Have the power to direct any department, office or board to perform
the work of any other department, office or board.
- Have the power to appoint such committees as he or she shall find
necessary for the proper consideration of administrative problems. Such
committees shall make recommendations on matters referred to them for
the best interests of the City.
- Have the power to release any person imprisoned for the violation of
any City ordinance. The Mayor shall report such release, with the
reason, to Council at its first meeting thereafter.
- Have the power to exercise, within the City limits, the powers
conferred upon sheriffs to suppress disorder and keep the peace. He or
she may, when necessary, call upon every male inhabitant of the City,
over eighteen years of age, to enforce the laws of the State and the
ordinances of the City, and call out the militia to aid in suppressing
riots and other disorderly conduct subject to the authority of the
Governor, as the Commander-in-Chief of the militia.
- Annually, and from time to time, give Council information relative
to the affairs of the City, and recommend, for its consideration, such
measures as he or she may deem expedient.
- Have the power to administer oaths on all lawful
Freeport City Hall
524 W. Stephenson St.
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-235-8200 or 815-235-8203