Chapter 2.40


2.40.010    Office Created

2.40.020    Responsibilities

2.40.030    Compensation

2.40.040    Insurance

2.40.010 Office Created - Appointment.

There is created the office of the City Attorney in and for the City, pursuant to the laws of the State of Washington, which office shall be filled by appointment of the Mayor, or City Administrator pursuant to executive authority provided by the Mayor.

2.40.020 Responsibilities.

A.    The City Attorney, or a designated representative, shall advise the City authorities and officers in all legal matters pertaining to the business of the City, in all actions brought by or against the City or against City officials in their official capacity. The City Attorney shall perform such other duties as the Mayor or City Administrator may direct.

B.    In addition to the duties prescribed by the laws of the State of Washington as set forth above, the City Attorney shall:

(1)    Attend regular and special meetings of the City Council unless such absence is excused;

(2)    Prepare, draft and review, or supervise the preparation, drafting and review of all ordinances, resolutions, leases, instruments or conveyances, contracts and agreements, and such other similar instruments as may be required by the business of the City;

(3)    Advise the City Council and its committees, boards, commissions, department heads and other City officials and officers, including the rendering of formal legal opinions when so requested, or when it appears to the City Attorney advisable to do so.

(4)    Represent the City in the enforcement of all City ordinances including the prosecution of municipal code violations.

(5)    Consult with and participate with other City officials or representatives of the City concerning the settlement of claims against the City or its officials, officers and employees while acting in their official governmental capacities.

(6)    Attend as the Mayor or City Administrator may direct any official meetings of any board or commission in connection with the proposed drafting of any ordinance, resolution or contract.

(7)    Other such duties as the Mayor or City Administrator may determine appropriate.

2.40.030 Compensation.

The compensation of the City Attorney shall be governed by contractual agreement as entered into by the City and the City Attorney, and made with the consent of the majority of the City Council.

2.40.040 Insurance.

The City Attorney shall maintain such errors and omission (professional liability) insurance as the Mayor or City Administrator with the consent of the majority of the City Council shall from time to time direct to protect the City’s interest.