[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Charlestown: Art. I, 8-14-1979 as Sec. 2-44 of the Code of Ordinances; Art. II, 7-11-1988 as Ch. 164. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 8-14-1979 as Sec. 2-44 of the Code of Ordinances]
Any member appointed to any board, commission or committee may be removed by vote of the Town Council for nonattendance at meetings unless otherwise prohibited by state law.
[Adopted 7-11-1988 as Ch. 164]
Pursuant to R.I.G.L. § 45-15-16, the Town Council of the Town of Charlestown shall indemnify any public official or employee, whether elected or appointed, or member of a board, agency, commission or committee, volunteer or otherwise, whether elected or appointed, whether or not such employee, official or member is paid, from all loss, cost, damage and expense, including legal fees and court costs, if any, arising out of any claim, action, compromise, settlement or judgment by reason of an alleged error or misstatement or act or omission, neglect or violation of the rights of any person under any federal or state law, including misfeasance, malfeasance or nonfeasance or any act, omission or neglect contrary to any federal or state law which imposes personal liability on any such employee, official or member, who, at the time of such act, omission or neglect, was acting within the scope of his or her official duties or employment. The Town Council shall not indemnify any such employee, official or member for any misstatement, error, act, omission or neglect if the same resulted from willful, wanton or malicious conduct on the part of such employee, official or member.
Reasonable attorney's fees and other expenses incurred in connection with the conduct of such defense, including payment of the judgment thereon, shall be provided by the Town of Charlestown. Nothing in this section shall be construed as requiring the Town Solicitor to represent the public official, employee or member when he/she deems such representation to create a conflict, ethical or legal.
This Article shall take effect upon its passage and shall be retroactive to any claim made on or after February 1, 1986, or at such time as permitted by law and so provided by the Town Council of the Town of Charlestown, notwithstanding the fact that such claim is based upon an alleged misstatement, error, act, omission or neglect occurring prior to such date of February 1, 1986.