[Adopted as § 2-16 of the 1970 Revised General Ordinances]
The Borough Attorney shall be appointed by the Mayor, with the advice and consent of the Council, for a term of one year. He shall be an attorney-at-law of New Jersey but need not be a resident of the Borough. In lieu of appointing an individual attorney, Council may appoint a firm of attorneys, all members of which shall be attorneys-at-law of New Jersey. The attorney shall receive such retainer as may be authorized by the Council, plus such fees and charges for extraordinary duties as shall be deemed reasonable. The retainer shall cover opinions to the Mayor and Council, attendance at meetings, and preparation of ordinances.
The Attorney shall have such powers and perform such duties as are provided for the office of Borough Attorney by general law or ordinances of the Borough. He shall represent the Borough in all judicial and administrative proceedings in which it or any of its officers or agencies may be a party or have an interest. He shall give all legal counsel and advice where required by the Mayor and Council or any member thereof, and shall in general serve as the legal advisor to the Mayor and Council on all matters of Borough business. In furtherance of such general powers and duties, but without limitation thereto, the Borough Attorney shall:
Draft or approve, as to form and sufficiency, contracts, deeds, ordinances and resolutions made, executed or adopted by or on behalf of the Borough.
With the approval of the Mayor and Council, conduct appeals from orders, decisions or judgments affecting any interest of the Borough as he may in his discretion determine to be necessary or desirable, or as directed by the Mayor and Council.
Subject to the approval of the Council, have the power to enter into any agreement, compromise or settlement of any litigation in which the Borough is involved.
Render opinions in writing upon any question of law submitted to him by the Mayor and Council, or any member thereof, with respect to their official powers and duties, and perform such duties as may be necessary to provide legal counsel to the Mayor and Council in the administration of municipal affairs.
Supervise and direct the work of such additional attorneys and technical and professional assistants as the Council may authorize for special or regular employment in or for the Borough.