City of Hampton, Virginia
22 Lincoln Street
Hampton, VA 23669
Enactment Number: -
Public Hearing to consider amending Section 5.01 of the City
Charter to provide that the city attorney shall be appointed by the City
Council and shall serve at its pleasure.
WHEREAS, Section 5.01 of the Hampton City charter provides that the city
attorney shall be appointed or removed by the city manager with the advice and
approval of the council; and
WHEREAS, the Hampton City Council deems it in its best interest to amend Section
5.01 of the City Charter to provide that the city attorney shall be appointed
by the city council and serve at its pleasure; and
WHEREAS, it is deemed that this amendment is in the best interest of the
citizens of Hampton.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED,by the City Council that the General
Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia be requested to amend Section 5.01 of
the Charter of the City of Hampton to read as follows:
There shall be a legal department
which shall be headed by the city attorney, who shall be an attorney at law
licensed to practice under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia. He shall be appointed by the council and shall serve at its pleasure. The legal
department shall consist of the city attorney and such other employees as may
be provided by ordinance.
The city attorney shall be the chief
legal advisor of the council, the city manager and of all departments, boards,
commissions and agencies of the city, including the school board, in all
matters affecting the interests of the city. He shall represent the city in
all legal proceedings including the prosecution of violations of city
ordinances. He shall make such investigation into any affairs of the city as
the city manager or council shall direct. It shall be his duty to perform all
services incident to his position as may be required by the laws of the
Commonwealth, this charter, or by ordinance. He shall have general management
and control of the department.
Adopted at a special meeting of the City Council of the City
of Hampton, Virginia held on January 9, 2006.
Signed by ____________________________ Date
Ross A. Kearney, II, Mayor
Attested by ____________________________ Date _________________
Katherine K. Glass
Clerk of the Council