Article VI


6.01    Legal Officer – Appointment – Duties

6.02    Legal Officer – Qualifications

6.03    Special Counsel

6.01 Legal Officer – Appointment – Duties

There shall be a legal officer of the City, hereinafter referred to as City Attorney, appointed or removed by the Mayor with Council approval, who shall serve as chief legal advisor to the Council, the Mayor and all City departments, and shall represent the City in legal proceedings, and shall perform any other duties prescribed by this Charter or by ordinance, and shall be devoted full time to the legal business of the City of Bellingham. The City Attorney shall appoint such deputies and assistants as prescribed by ordinance.

[Amended April 18, 2008 (Ord. 2008-04-033)]

6.02 Legal Officer – Qualifications

The City Attorney shall be qualified to practice law in the State of Washington, and shall have been in practice in the State of Washington for not less than 3 years next preceding the appointment. The City Attorney shall be chosen by the Mayor. The City Attorney’s qualifications as an attorney and legal advisor, with special reference to actual experience in, or knowledge of, municipal law and the duties of the office, shall be the basis for appointment.

[Amended April 18, 2008 (Ord. 2008-04-033)]

6.03 Special Counsel

The Mayor, with the approval of the Council, may employ special counsel to take care of special matters; or to assist the City Attorney; or to perform on an interim basis the duties of the City Attorney in the event of a vacancy in the office, until selection and appointment of a full time City Attorney.

[Amended April 18, 2008 (Ord. 2008-04-033)]