[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Plainville 6-6-2011 ATM by Art. 26. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Officers, elected and appointed — See Ch. 128.
The Board of Selectmen shall annually, after the annual business meeting and whenever a vacancy shall exist, choose and appoint some competent lawyer to act as Town Counsel. He shall be paid such compensation as the Selectmen, from time to time, shall determine. The Selectmen may remove him at pleasure. His term of office shall be effective as of July 1 each year and shall continue until the appointment and acceptance of his successor.
The Town Counsel shall, when required by the several Town officers, boards and committees, furnish a written opinion on any question that may be submitted to him in regard to any matter that concerns the Town or them as Town officers, and he shall at all times furnish legal advice to any officer of the Town who may require his opinion upon any subject with reference to the duties incumbent upon such officer by virtue of his office.
The Town Counsel shall, unless otherwise directed by the Selectmen, prosecute all suits ordered to be brought by the Town, or defend suits brought against the Town or its officers in their official capacity. He shall, when requested by the Selectmen, appear before any tribunal, whether in law, equity or otherwise, or before any board, referee, committee, commissioners, arbitrators or any tribunal in matters in which the Town may be a party or in which the Town may be interested. For such service he shall receive suitable compensation as determined by the Board of Selectmen.
The Town Counsel shall prosecute in behalf of the Town, in the local district court, all cases for the violation of the statutes or of these bylaws when requested in writing by any board or officer of the Town to do so. For such service he shall receive suitable compensation as determined by the Board of Selectmen.
The Town Counsel shall draw all bonds, deeds, leases, obligations, conveyances and other legal instruments or approve the same.
The Town Counsel shall annually make a written report to the Board of Selectman, to be printed in the Annual Town Report, concerning the professional services rendered by him during the preceding year. Said report shall contain a statement of each case or claim which has been tried, settled or otherwise disposed of by him during the year, and also a statement of each case which is still pending and the status of the same insofar as the facts may be properly published, together with such other information and recommendations as he may deem advisable.