[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Ashland May 1993 Special Town Meeting. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Appointment of Town Counsel — See Charter, Section 9-5(c).
The Board of Selectmen shall have authority to prosecute and defend all litigation to which the town is a party and to employ counsel therefor.
The Town Manager, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, may settle any legal and valid claim or suit to which the town is a party which does not require the payment of more than five thousand dollars ($5,000.). Said five thousand dollars ($5,000.) shall not include fees for defense or prosecution of such suit.
Any settlement requiring a payment greater than five thousand dollars ($5,000.), except when authorized by law, shall be made only when authorized by the voters of the Town Meeting.
Whenever it shall be necessary to execute any deed conveying land or any other instrument required to carry into effect any vote of the town, such deed or instrument shall be executed by the Board of Selectmen on behalf of the town unless the town shall vote otherwise.
The Selectmen shall hereafter annually on or before the first day of July or whenever a vacancy shall exist choose a competent lawyer to act as Town Counsel. He/she shall receive such salary or compensation as the Board of Selectmen may determine subject to appropriation by Town Meeting. Town Counsel shall be available for advice to all the town departments under the supervision of the Selectmen or Town Manager and shall perform such duties as the Selectmen or Town Manager may prescribe.