Except as otherwise provided by law, the terms of office of all elective officers
in any municipality shall commence at 12 o'clock noon on January 1 next succeeding
their election and continue for the terms prescribed by law.
The terms of office of all officers appointed by the mayor or other chief executive
officer or by the governing body of any municipality, except to fill vacancies, shall
commence on January 1 of the year in which they are appointed and continue for the
terms prescribed by law, except that the term of office of the assessor shall commence
on July 1 next following appointment and continue for the prescribed number of years.
No appointment of any officer shall be made by the mayor or other chief executive
officer or by the governing body of any municipality where the term of the office
is to commence after the expiration of the term of the officer making the appointment
or of any member of the governing body.
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