There shall be a Town Solicitor and, if necessary, Assistant Town Solicitors, each of whom shall be appointed by the Council and shall serve at the pleasure of the Council. Whenever the position of Town Solicitor becomes vacant, the Council shall solicit resumes, review the qualifications, conduct interviews and obtain the appropriate reference checks.
The Town Solicitor and Assistant Town Solicitors shall be attorneys at law in good standing, and the Town Solicitor must have been admitted to the bar four (4) years prior to his/her appointment. The Assistant Town Solicitors need not have been admitted that long before their appointments. Neither the Town Solicitor nor the Assistant Town Solicitors need be residents of the town.
[Amended 11-8-1988; ratified by Town Council 2-10-1992; 11-5-1996; 11-2-2010]
The Town Solicitor shall be the attorney for the town and legal advisor to the Council, the Town Administrator and all other departments, officers and agencies of the town. He/she shall direct the work of the Assistant Town Solicitors. It shall be the duty of the Town Solicitor to:
Appear for and protect the rights of the town in all actions, suits and proceedings, civil or criminal, in law or equity, brought by or for or against any of its departments, including the Board of Canvassers.
Examine or prepare all ordinances and resolutions, and all invitations for bids, contracts and other legal documents sent out by any department, office or agency of the town.
Perform such other duties appropriate to his/her office as the provisions of this Charter, the Council and/or the Town Administrator may require.
All written legal opinions furnished to the Council, the Town Administrator and all departments, offices and agencies of the town shall be filed with the Town Clerk and shall become a public record.
Editor's Note: For related provisions, see §§ C-39, C-111, C-165, C-190, C-194 and C-195 and Part 5.
The statement in this Charter of the duties of the Town Solicitor shall not be deemed to abridge any special powers and duties now or hereafter conferred upon Town Solicitors by state law.