[HISTORY: Adopted by the Municipal Council of the Borough of Hawthorne 1-31-1990 as Sec. 7 of Ord. No. 1511; amended in its entirety 6-6-2007 by Ord. No. 1902-07 (Ch. 9 of the 1989 Code). Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
There is established a Legal Department, the Director of which shall be the Borough Attorney.
The Borough Attorney shall be appointed by the Mayor, with the advice and consent of the Municipal Council, to serve during the term of the Mayor. The Borough Attorney may be practicing law as individuals or as members or associates of a law firm; however, the Borough Attorney must have been admitted to practice as an attorney at law of the State of New Jersey for a period of not less than 10 years.
The Borough Attorney, in addition to other duties, functions and powers as may be otherwise delegated to him, shall:
Be the chief legal advisor to the Municipal Council, Mayor, Business Administrator and Clerk and shall give all necessary legal advice and counsel as required for the Borough, its department heads, officers and employees.
Prepare all ordinances, regulations, resolutions, contracts and other legal documents and papers for and on behalf of the Borough.
Examine and approve as to form and sufficiency all performance and maintenance bonds, insurance certificates or any other documents requiring legal review submitted by developers, contractors or other persons required by general law to file the same with the Clerk, Treasurer, Planning Board or Board of Adjustment.
Represent the Borough in all appeals and proceedings involving the assessment of real property or collection of taxes, assessments or water charges.
Appear as attorney of record for the Borough in all actions or proceedings in which it may be or become involved.
Attend all regular meetings of the Municipal Council and all conferences or other meetings of the Council as may be requested by it.
The Borough Attorney shall receive an annual salary as established by the Salary Ordinance and shall receive such further compensation for particular services upon submission of vouchers through the Department of Finance in the manner provided in Chapter 75 of the Code.