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A. The Corporation Counsel shall be responsible for supervising the employees and the operations of the Law Department.
B. The Corporation Counsel shall be the Chief Legal Officer of the City. It shall be the duty of the Corporation Counsel to prosecute or defend or supervise the prosecution or defense of all suits of any nature which may be begun by or against the City, or in which the City may be an interested party. He shall supervise all matters pertaining to special assessments. He shall see to the enforcement or collection of all judgments, orders and decrees entered in favor of the City. He shall be the chief legal adviser to the City Council and he shall give advice and opinions upon request on any legal subject upon request of the Council. He shall attend all regular and special meetings of the Council, and assist the Council in its deliberations upon the request of any member. The Corporation Counsel shall have authority to make or approve settlements of lawsuits and controverted claims against or by the City in an amount not exceeding twenty thousand dollars ($20,000.00). The Corporation Counsel shall also have the authority to implement other settlements of lawsuits and controverted claims against or by the City as directed or authorized by the City Council.
C. The Corporation Counsel shall approve all contracts, leases, assignments, deeds, easements or other legal documents entered into or executed by or on behalf of the City before the same shall be executed, provided that this provision shall not be construed as affecting the legality and validity of any such instrument which has been executed without the approval of the Corporation Counsel.
D. The Corporation Counsel shall have charge of all prosecutions for ordinance violations.
E. The Corporation Counsel shall also serve as the City's Chief Development Officer. The duties of the Chief Development Officer shall include general oversight of the Community Development Department, the coordination of development activities with all of the various City departments and such other duties directed by the City Manager. The Corporation Counsel shall also be known and referred to as the Corporation Counsel/Chief Development Officer.
F. The Corporation Counsel shall supervise the Office of Professional Standards and the Professional Standards Officer. The Office of Professional Standards shall be the investigative authority and the Professional Standards Officer shall have the authority to investigate, and to issue findings for, all internal investigations regarding City officers or employees and regarding the operations of City departments, programs, functions and those doing business with the City. All such investigations shall be conducted under the authority of the Professional Standards Officer. The Professional Standards Officer shall review all investigations. Notwithstanding the foregoing, or anything else to the contrary in this subsection, pursuant to Section 2.52.165 of this code, internal investigations of allegations of certain misconduct by sworn police officers or other employees of the Elgin Police Department shall be investigated by an outside person or entity retained by the City and not by the Professional Standards Officer. All City officers, employees and City contractors are required to cooperate in investigations with the Professional Standards Officer or with individuals assigned by the Professional Standards Officer to conduct such investigations. Other City officers or employees assigned to conduct internal investigations by the Professional Standards Officer shall report on such investigations directly to the Professional Standards Officer. The Professional Standards Officer shall have the authority to prepare and issue rules and procedures with respect to investigations. The Professional Standards Officer shall perform such other duties as directed by the City Manager or by the Corporation Counsel or as otherwise provided in this Code. Investigations regarding the Mayor or a member of the City Council, the City Manager, the Corporation Counsel, the Professional Standards Officer, the Police Chief, the Fire Chief or the Chief Financial Officer/Budget Director shall be reported to the City Council. Investigations may also be conducted by an outside person or entity retained by the City when the City Council, City Manager or Corporation Counsel determine that such an investigation by an outside person or entity is in the best interests of the City.
G. The Corporation Counsel shall also serve as the City's Risk Management Officer.
H. The Corporation Counsel shall also supervise the employees and the operations of the Office of the City Clerk.
I. The Corporation Counsel shall perform such other duties as directed by the City Manager or as otherwise provided in this Code. (Ord. G24-20 § 2, 2020; Ord. G13-19, 2019; Ord. G18-13, 2013; Ord. G23-10, 2010)