2009-004: Concealed Weapons

City of Canton

Executive Order 2009-004

Concealed Weapons or Other Dangerous Ordnance Prohibited

WHEREAS, the City of Canton is committed to providing an orderly workplace with standards and policies for all employees regarding safety; and

WHEREAS, as the Chief Executive Officer of Canton, Ohio, the Mayor is charged with the ultimate responsibility of supervising and directing the day-to-day affairs of City Departments and Offices as prescribed by the Ohio Revised Code and Codified Ordinances of the City of Canton; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I, William J. Healy, II, Mayor of the City of Canton, under the authority conferred by the State of Ohio and in accordance with Ohio Revised Code Chapter 2923, hereby order that no City of Canton employee, including those issued a permit to carry a concealed weapon, shall have on their person or in their possession, any weapon or dangerous ordnance while in any City of Canton building, on City of Canton property, or while performing official City of Canton duties and/or business.

BE IT FURTHER ORDERED that City employees shall not place, carry or transfer a weapon or other dangerous ordnance in any City of Canton motor vehicle.

BE IT FURTHER ORDERED that exceptions to this prohibition extend to Law Enforcement Officers and Fire Prevention Bureau Inspectors and Investigators authorized to carry concealed weapons or dangerous ordnance and while acting within the scope of their duties; and to Canton Municipal Court Staff, who have been trained, certified and approved to carry such weapons.

BE IT FURTHER ORDERED that any City of Canton employee who is in violation of this Executive Order is subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment as well as criminal prosecution under Ohio Revised Code Chapter 2923.

BE IT FURTHER ORDERED that the City of Canton Police Department shall seize as evidence any weapon or other dangerous ordnance involved in a criminal violation or found in an employee's possession on City property.

BE IT FURTHER ORDERED that this order shall be made known to all present and future employees of the City of Canton and shall be posted in conspicuous places in each City of Canton department and office.

BE IT FURTHER ORDERED that each Department Head is responsible for having each employee within his/her department sign an Acknowledgment of this order to be maintained on file in the Department of Human Resources as soon as it is practical.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto signed my name and caused the seal of the City of Canton to be affixed this 5th day of October, 2009.