The position of Township Attorney shall be created for the Township of Washington pursuant to law. The Township Attorney shall be appointed for a term as prescribed by law. The Township Attorney shall be an attorney at law in the State of New Jersey.
The Township Attorney shall have such powers and perform such duties as are provided for his office by general law or ordinances of the Township of Washington. The Township Attorney shall give legal counsel and advice required by the Township Committee or any member thereof and, in general, serve as the legal advisor to the Township Committee on all matters of township business. He/she shall represent the township in all judicial and administrative proceedings in which the township or any of its elected or appointed officers or departments or agencies not separately represented may be a party or have an interest. In furtherance of his/her general powers and duties, but without limiting them, the Attorney shall:
Draft or approve as to form and sufficiency legal documents, contracts, deeds, ordinances and resolutions made, executed or adopted by or on behalf of the township.
Conduct appeals from orders, decisions or judgments affecting any interest of the township, when directed by the Township Committee.
With the approval of the Township Committee, compromise or settle litigation in which the township is involved.
Render written opinions upon questions of law submitted to him/her by the Township Committee or any member thereof with respect to their official powers and duties or matters relating to the affairs of the township.
Supervise and direct the work of any additional attorneys and technical and professional assistants the Township Committee may authorize for special or regular employment in or for the township.
Upon the termination of his/her services with the township, he/she shall surrender all papers, documents, memoranda, reports and other materials relating to the administration of his/her legal duties.
The Township Attorney shall be compensated pursuant to an approved professional services agreement, as well as any other terms and conditions of employment related to said position. Said professional services agreements shall be approved by the Township Committee.