[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Sullivan 10-2-1985 by L.L. No. 7-1985. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The people of the State of New York have in the New York State Constitution, Article IX, Section 2, delegated the responsibility to local governmental units to adopt regulations designed to promote the public health, safety, and the general welfare of its citizenry.
It is the purpose of this chapter to provide for the defense and indemnification of Town officers and employees in civil actions for proceedings as hereinafter provided for.
The Town Board hereby adopts § 18 of the Public Officers Law and confers the benefits thereof upon all Town officers and employees.
The Town shall provide for the defense of any Town officer or employee in any civil action or proceeding arising out of any alleged act or omission in which it is alleged that the officer or employee has violated the civil rights of the claimant, petitioner or plaintiff under Sections 1981 and 1983 of the U.S. Civil Rights Act. The Town shall indemnify and save harmless such officer or employee in the amount of any judgment or settlement of claim obtained against such officer or employee. Such legal defense and indemnification shall be provided where the officer or employee at the time of such alleged act or omission was acting in good faith and within the scope of his public employment, powers or duties. The provisions of this section shall be in addition to any other statute, local law or enactment providing legal defense and indemnification in civil actions brought against such officer or employee.