Amends Charter: makes position of City Attorney an elective office.
Shall Charter be amended to change City Attorney to an elected position, and specify salary and duties of City Attorney?
Currently, the Charter provides that City Council appoints the City Attorney
and may remove the City Attorney. The proposed Charter amendment makes the
position of City Attorney an elective office commencing in 2006, with elections
held every four years thereafter. The Mayor or Council could not remove the City
The measure provides that City Attorney compensation shall be double the
median private sector compensation determined by the United States Department of
Labor. The Council may temporarily fill a vacancy in the office of City
Attorney, pending first election opportunity arising 90 days after vacancy.
The measure provides that the City Attorney may not settle or dismiss
litigation brought by or against the City unless authorized by Council. The
measure describes City Attorney duties, including advising officers, boards,
commissions and other agencies of the City; drafting ordinances, resolutions,
contract and other legal documents as directed by Council, Mayor, Auditor or
official board or commission. The proposed measure does not explicitly repeal
existing provisions of Charter and code governing qualifications and duties of
the City Attorney.