(A)   Appointment. The Village Attorney shall be appointed by the Village President and the Board of Trustees, acting jointly, for a term of one year commencing on the first Monday in May of each year. The Village Attorney shall hold his or her office for the term and until his or her successor shall be appointed and qualified. It is expressly acknowledged that the Village Attorney hereby appointed is not a village officer, but rather an independent contractor serving at the pleasure of the President and Board of Trustees.
   (B)   Duties. The Village Attorney shall prosecute or defend all suits of any nature which may be begun by or against the village or in which the village may be an interested party; he or she shall see to the enforcement or collections of all judgments, orders and decrees entered in favor of the village. He or she shall be the legal advisor to the President and Board of Trustees; he or she shall give advice and opinions, upon request, on any legal subject pertaining to village affairs and he or she shall submit written opinions upon any such subject upon the request of either the President or the Board of Trustees. He or she shall attend all regular and special meetings of the Board, upon request, and assist the Board in its deliberations upon request of any member. The Village Attorney shall approve all contracts, leases bonds, assignments, deeds or other legal documents entered into or executed; provided that, this provision shall not be construed, as affecting the legality and validity of any instrument which has been executed without the approval of the Village Attorney.
   (C)   Compensation. The Village Attorney shall be paid such compensation as the Board of Trustees may from time to time, by resolution, provide. The compensation for the service, as herein provided, shall be paid the Village Attorney immediately following the approval by the Board of Trustees of a claim presented therefor.
(1981 Code, § 3.05) (Am. Ord. 95-5, passed 4-15-1995; Am. Ord. 96-16, passed 4-29-1996; Am. Ord. 96-17, passed 7-5-1996)