ITEM VIII-1.  THE DIRECTOR.
   (a)   Qualifications:  The Director of Law shall have charge of the Law Department of the City.  He shall have been duly admitted to the practice of law in the State of Ohio and shall have been engaged in the active, full-time practice of law continuously for a period of five (5) years, or more, next preceding his appointment.
 
   (b)   Duties:  The Director of Law shall act as legal counsel and in such capacity serve the Mayor, Council, administrative officers, departments, and the commissions and boards of the City.  As the legal counsel and attorney, he shall represent the City in all proceedings in court or before any administrative body and in such other matters and controversies as he is by resolution or ordinance directed to prosecute.  He or an Assistant Director of law shall act as prosecuting attorney for the City.  He shall perform all other duties now or hereinafter imposed upon city law directors by the General Laws of Ohio unless otherwise provided by ordinance of the Council and shall perform such other duties as may be required by this Charter and/or as Council or the Mayor may impose upon him consistent with his office.  He shall be empowered to designate such assistants as shall be authorized by and approved by Council.
   In the absence of the Director of Law for any reason, the first Assistant Director of Law shall perform all of the duties herein imposed upon the Director of Law.