[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Cazenovia 3-12-2001. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Town of Cazenovia ("municipality") has numerous individuals who hold positions, whether or not compensated, by election, appointment by the governing body or employment pursuant to which they serve the municipality (the "individuals").
The performance of the duties of these individuals exposes them to liability and costs and expenses from lawsuits.
It is the intent of the municipality that these individuals be provided with a defense and be indemnified against liabilities and expenses which arise from the performance of their duties.
The municipality will provide a defense and indemnify the individuals referred to above for liabilities, costs, expenses and legal fees arising out of the performance of their duties, to the fullest extent provided by law, including but not limited to the provisions of Public Officers Law § 18.
The municipality shall not be responsible for acts of willful misconduct of gross negligence as determined by the governing board of the municipality.
The municipality shall not be responsible for legal proceedings initiated by any such individual without the consent of the governing board of the municipality.
The selection of professionals to participate in the defense of such individuals must be approved in advance by the governing entity of the municipality.