City of Augusta, ME
Kennebec County
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[Adopted as Ch. 2, Art. III, Div. 5, of the 1990 Code]
The Corporation Counsel shall be an attorney at law and it shall be his duty to draft all contracts, bonds, deeds and other instruments which may be required of him by any ordinance, or by order of the City Manager or Council, and which by law, usage or agreement are to be drawn at the expense of the City. It shall be his duty to draft any ordinance when requested by the City Manager or City Council.
The Corporation Counsel shall commence and prosecute any suit for a breach of the Code, when requested by the City Manager; also any other suit by order of the City Manager in writing, or by direction of the Council, on account of any of the estates, rights, privileges, claims or demands of the City; and to defend all actions against the City or any officer thereof, whenever any of the estates, rights, privileges, ordinances, orders or acts of the City government may be brought in question.
[Amended 11-17-1986 by Ord. No. 514]
The Corporation Counsel shall, when required, furnish the City Manager or Council with his opinion on any legal subject which may be submitted to him. He shall render professional advice to officers of the City government who may require his opinion on any subject touching the duties of their respective offices. In the event of a conflict, any request from the Council for the service of the Corporation Counsel shall have priority over any request from any City officer.
The Corporation Counsel shall attend all meetings of the Council, except budget meetings, for the purpose of giving such advice or drafting such ordinances, orders or reports as may be required of him.
When the collection of accounts receivable are turned over to the Corporation Counsel, such collection shall be handled on the basis of the Commercial Law League rates.
The Corporation Counsel shall have the responsibility for matters involving bankruptcy and wage earner plans.
It shall be the duty of the Corporation Counsel to account for and pay over to the Treasurer all monies received by him in any prosecution or suit wherein the City is or may be interested, and he shall notify the City Manager of the payment thereof.