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The Director of Law shall be appointed by the Mayor subject to confirmation by a majority vote of the members of Council. He/she may be removed from office by the Mayor, but such removal shall not take place during term without the concurrence of two-thirds (2/3) of the members of Council. Council shall provide for such assistants to the Director of Law as shall from time to time be deemed to be necessary and such assistants shall be appointed by the Director of Law and shall serve at his/her pleasure.
The Council shall determine the compensation of the Director of Law and all assistants, which may be changed from time to time.
The Director of Law and his/her assistants, if any, must be residents of Lake County, Ohio.
The Director of Law shall have the management and supervision of the Department of Law and shall perform all duties imposed upon him/her by this Charter, by the Constitution of the State of Ohio, and by any applicable statutes. He/she shall be the legal advisor of the Municipality and all of its officials, departments, boards or commissions and except as herein otherwise provided shall prosecute and defend all actions and proceedings in which the Municipality is a party or in which it has an interest. Council may from time to time authorize the Mayor to employ special counsel for particular matters.
No person shall act as Director of Law unless duly admitted to practice law in the State of Ohio for a period of not less than five (5) years and shall have and maintain an active license to practice law throughout his/her term as Director of Law. The Director of Law must be a resident of Lake County, Ohio.