[HISTORY: Adopted by the Special Town Meeting 11-12-1974 by Art. 2 as Art. V, Sec. B, of the 1975 Bylaws. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Selectmen shall annually, in the month of May, appoint a Town Counsel who shall be an attorney and counselor-at-law and who shall hold office for the term of one (1) year or until his successor is appointed. He shall receive such compensation as the Selectmen shall determine, subject to the appropriation of the town therefor.
Editor's Note: See MGL C. 40.
It shall be the duty of the Town Counsel to conduct the prosecution or defense of claims, actions and proceedings to which the town is a party and the prosecution of actions or proceedings by or on behalf of any town officer, board, commission or committee as such when the Selectmen, having determined that any rights or interests of the town are or may be involved therein, shall so request; to conduct proceedings brought by or against the Assessors before the Board of Tax Appeals; to assist in the prosecution of complaints for violation of any bylaw of the town, when requested to do so by the board or officer enforcing the same; to examine and report upon titles to all land to be acquired by the town; to prepare or approve contracts, bonds, deeds and other legal instruments in which the town is a party or in which any right or interest of the town is involved; to appear at any and all hearings on behalf of the town whenever his services may be required; and generally to advise and act for the town officers, boards, commissions and committees upon and in legal matters touching the duties of the respective offices. Other legal services, as needed, may be obtained with the approval of the Board of Selectmen.