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San Mateo City Charter.

2.06 Prohibitions.

(a) Holding Other Office: Except where authorized by law, no councilmember shall hold any other city office or city employment during the term for which he/she was elected or appointed by the council, and no former councilmember shall hold any compensated appointed city office or employment until one year after the expiration of the term for which he/she was elected or appointed to the council.

(b) Appointments and Removals: Neither the council nor any of its members shall in any manner dictate the appointment or removal of any city administrative or legal officers or employees whom the city manager, city attorney, or any of the city manager's subordinates are empowered to appoint, but the council may express its views and fully and freely discuss with the city manager or city attorney anything pertaining to appointment and removal of such officers and employees. Where council approval of a proposed appointment is required a refusal to approve shall not be construed as a violation of this provision.

(c) Interference with Administration: Except for the purpose of inquiries and investigations specifically authorized by this Charter or by law, the council or its members shall deal with city officers and employees who are subject to the direction and supervision of the manager or city attorney solely through the city manager or city attorney, respectively, and neither the council nor its members shall give orders to any such officer or employee, either publicly or privately.