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Allocation of work between the City Attorney and the Special Counsel shall be at the direction of the Mayor and shall include, but not be limited to, the following.
(A) Generally. The City Attorney or Special Counsel shall prosecute or defend such suits or actions at law or in equity to which the city may be a party or in which it may be interested, or which may be brought against or by any officer of the city on behalf of the city or in the capacity of such person as an officer of the city, prosecute all violations of traffic ordinances of the city and such other violations of city ordinances as the Mayor may deem necessary and proper. Nothing contained in this section shall be deemed to preclude the defense of actions seeking to assess a monetary liability against the city by counsel selected and retained by the insurance carrier of the city or to request that the City Attorney or Special Counsel prosecute or defend any particular suit or action at law or in equity referred to in this section.
(B) Providing advice. The Legal Department shall provide legal advice to the city, the Mayor and/or City Council whenever requested to do so. Upon request by the Mayor, any opinions shall be reduced to writing.
(C) Pursuit of enforcement of judgments and the like. It shall be the duty of the Legal Department to see to the full enforcement of all judgments or decrees entered in favor of the city and all similar interlocutory orders.
(D) Special assessment and condemnation proceedings. It shall be the duty of the Legal Department to see to the completion of all special assessment proceedings and condemnation proceedings.
(E) Legal advice and the like. It shall be the duty of the Legal Department to render advice on legal questions affecting the city and to prepare and/or review ordinances, resolutions and prepare legal instruments whenever requested and to provide such other legal counsel and services as the Mayor or Council may from time to time specify on request.
(F) Approval of legislation and contracts as to legal form. The Legal Department shall review all contracts, ordinances and resolutions as to legal form prior to their passage and approval upon request of the Mayor.
(G) Prosecution of violations. It shall be the duty of the Legal Department to prosecute all violations of the traffic ordinances of the city and such other violations of the codes and ordinances of the city as the Mayor may authorize or direct.
(1999 Code, § 31.084) (Ord. 1952, passed 9-29-1997; Ord. 3784, passed 12-3-2012)