[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Rye 9-10-1997 by L.L. No. 8-1997. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Charter — See Charter.
Code of ethics — See Ch. 15.
In 1981 the City Council of the City of Rye recognized the increasing litigation exposure faced by public employees and officers and conferred the defense and indemnification benefits contained in § 18 of the Public Officers Law on Rye public officials and employees on August 19 of that year by a unanimously adopted resolution. The City Council wishes to reaffirm and codify that action and to provide additional indemnification and defense protection pursuant to law.
The full benefits of § 18 of the Public Officers Law shall apply to public officials and employees of the City of Rye, and the City of Rye shall be held liable for the costs incurred under the provisions of that section, as well as the costs incurred under § 145-3 of this chapter.
The city will provide for the defense of any city officer or employee in any civil action or proceeding arising out of any alleged act or omission in which it is alleged that the officer or employee has violated the civil rights of the claimant, petitioner or plaintiff under Section 1981 and 1983 of the United States Civil Rights Act. The city shall indemnify and save harmless such officer or employee in the amount of any judgment or settlement of claim obtained against such officer or employee, including punitive and exemplary damages. Such legal defense and indemnification shall be provided where the officer or employee at the time of such alleged act or omission was acting in good faith and within the scope of his public employment, powers and duties. The provisions of this section shall be in addition to any other statute, local law or enactment providing legal defense and indemnification in civil actions brought against such officer or employee.