[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Gardner 12-15-1986 by Ord. No. 908. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There shall be established in the City of Gardner a Law Department to be administered by the City Solicitor with the assistance of an Assistant City Solicitor. Both said officers shall be members of the Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in good standing.
The City Solicitor shall be appointed as provided by the provisions of Section 6 of the City Charter. The Assistant City Solicitor shall be appointed by the Mayor, subject to confirmation by the City Council, for a term of one year. Said City Solicitor and Assistant City Solicitor may be removed from office as provided by Section 8 of the City Charter.
[Amended 9-8-1987 by Ord. No. 932]
The duties of the City Solicitor and Assistant City Solicitor shall be as follows. They shall:
Approve contracts, give legal advice and furnish written opinions when so requested by the Mayor, City Council, the chairperson of a City committee or the head of any City department.
Prosecute or defend all cases and proceedings to which the City is a party.
Prepare or approve all deeds or other legal instruments relating to the City, consider claims against the City and make recommendation for their resolution to the Mayor or appropriate committee of the City Council, as the case may be, and generally handle all legal affairs pertaining to the City.
Employ and supervise, from time to time, such full- or part-time assistance as may be required to accomplish the above duties, subject, however, to proper appropriations being made therefor.