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A. The hearing officer shall hear an appeal solely on the basis of the record and oral testimony received during the hearing.

B. The hearing officer shall defer to the judgement of the commission regarding disputed issues or findings of fact unless a substitution of their judgement is made. Findings of fact adopted expressly or by necessary implication by the commission may be considered as true if they are supported in the record by substantial evidence, meaning such relevant evidence as a reasonable mind might accept as adequate to support a conclusion. If the record affords a substantial basis of fact from which the fact in issue may be reasonably inferred, it shall be considered that the fact is supported by substantial evidence.

C. The decision shall be in writing and shall be filed with the city clerk within thirty (30) days of the hearing. [Ord. 22-17 § 5, 2022.]