Article IV. City Attorney

1.16.260 Election—Term.

A city attorney shall be elected by council and serve for such term as council may desire.

(Prior code § 1-4-51)

1.16.270 Qualifications.

The council shall elect a lawyer of good and reputable standing who shall possess the qualifications of and be a practicing attorney duly licensed in the state; provided, however, that such attorney shall not be elected from the membership of the council. The city attorney must have had at least two years experience at the bar.

(Prior code § 1-4-52)

1.16.280 General duties.

The attorney shall discharge all the duties prescribed by the laws of the state. He shall exercise diligence that council and officers do not fall into errors of law in the management of the corporate affairs of the municipality.

(Prior code § 1-4-53)

1.16.290 Duty to attend council meetings.

The attorney shall attend city council meetings when notified.

(Prior code § 1-4-54)

1.16.300 Duty to advise and assist mayor, council and city officers.

When requested, the attorney shall give his advice, direction and assistance to the mayor, council, standing committees or special committees and all other officers duly charged with the administration of the municipality. He shall likewise advise and assist the police officers in the performance of their duties.

(Prior code § 1-4-55)

1.16.310 Prosecution and defense of actions—Appearance in legal proceedings.

The attorney shall prosecute and defend all civil actions in which the city may be a party and shall prosecute on behalf of the city all criminal cases in the municipal court whenever requested to do so by the mayor or council. The attorney shall appear on behalf of the municipality and its officers in all legal proceedings to which any have an interest as an official of the municipality.

(Prior code § 1-4-56)

1.16.320 Drafting ordinances and instruments—Legal correspondence.

The attorney, when directed by the administrator, shall prepare the draft of any ordinance or instrument in writing when the mayor or council may desire, and he shall conduct the correspondence on all legal subjects. All ordinances shall be submitted to the attorney for approval as to form prior to submission to council.

(Prior code § 1-4-57)