In the 2012 general election, the citizens of Fishers voted for Fishers to become a second-class city. Second-class refers to Indiana cities with a population size of 35,000 to 599,999. Fishers became a second-class city on January 1, 2015.
Per Indiana Code 36-3-5-3, The Mayor is responsible to enforce the ordinances of the city and the statutes of the State, insure efficient government of the city, and supervise subordinate officers. The Mayor also has various other duties per State Statute such as he/she must provide a statement of the finances and general condition of the city to the city legislative body at least once a year; provide any information regarding city affairs that the legislative body requests; recommend, in writing, to the legislative body actions that the executive considers proper; call special meetings of the legislative body when necessary; fill vacancies in city offices when required by IC 3-13-8; sign all bonds, deeds, and contracts of the city and all licenses issued by the city; and approve or veto ordinances, orders, and resolutions of the legislative body under IC 36-4-6-15.
Per Indiana Code 36-4-10-4, the City Clerk is responsible to serve as clerk of the city legislative body under IC 36-4-6-9 and maintain custody of its records, maintain all records required by law, keep the city seal, and perform other duties prescribed by law. The City Clerk also has various other duties per State Statute. As soon as a successor is elected and qualified, the City Clerk must deliver to the successor all the records and property of the clerk’s office. The City Clerk must also, administer oaths when necessary in the discharge of the clerk’s duties, without charging a fee; take depositions, without charging a fee; take acknowledgement of instruments that are required by statute to be acknowledged, without charging a fee; and serve as clerk of the city court under IC 33-35-3-2, if the judge of the court does not serve as clerk of the court or appoint a clerk of the court under IC 33-35-3-1.
State law requires that a second-class city council consist of 9 members, 6 of which must be elected from established districtsand 3 elected at large. The City Council serves as the legislative branch of Fishers government and is responsible for the legislative duties of the city. Further information may be found under the Indiana Code 36-4-6-0.1
Additional information on this new form of government can be found on the State of Indiana website, under the Indiana Code, Title 36, Article 4.