A Township Attorney or firm of attorneys shall be appointed by the Mayor, with the approval of the Council, who will serve during the term of office of the Mayor appointing him and until the appointment and qualification of his successor.
The Township Attorney shall represent the Township in all legal matters and shall advise and assist the Mayor and Council and the departments as required in the administration of the Township government. He shall attend meetings of the Council, draft ordinances and resolutions, and give opinions and rulings on questions of law which may arise at Council meetings. He shall prepare or approve all legal instruments relating to the business of the Township. He shall represent the Township in any litigation and conduct trials, appeals and other proceedings affecting the interest of the Township as he may in his discretion determine to be necessary or desirable or as directed by the Mayor or Council.
The Township Attorney shall also:
Maintain records of all actions, suits, proceedings and matters which relate to the Township's interest and report thereon as the Mayor or Council may require.
Have power to enter into any agreement, compromise or settlement of any litigation in which the Township is involved, subject to the approval of the Council.
Upon the termination of his service with the Township, he shall forthwith surrender to his successor all Township property, papers and records together with a written consent to substitution of his successor in any pending actions or proceedings.
Whenever he deems the interests of the Township to so require, the Township Attorney may, with the approval of the Mayor and within the limits of available appropriations, appoint special counsel to assist him in the preparation, trial or argument of any issue or in such capacity as he may determine. If the Township Attorney should be disqualified with respect to any matter, the Mayor may appoint special counsel with the approval of the Council to represent the Township for and with respect to that matter.
[Amended by Ord. No. 98:11]
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2B:12-27, a Municipal Prosecutor may be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the Council.