Last week in our column "Bits and Pieces" we reported that the town is soliciting for a Town Attorney. This individual would only work at t Town Council meetings. it is a subcontractor position; that is the attorney will not be an employee of the town. To some extent, this position replaces Town Attorney Tobin Rosen, who retired at the beginning of this year. However, the position is much different than Attorney Rosen's position in that it only applies to Council meetings whereas Attorney Rosen's position applied to all matters of counsel.
The change in the position seems to correspond with the change in the Oro Valley legal department. The town's request for bid provides information into changes that are anticipated in your organization of the town's legal department:
"The future of the Department is envisioned as changing to a Legal Services Department wherein the current Interim Town Attorney (Town Prosecutor) would serve as the Department Director and the individual selected through this solicitation process would under contract with and report directly to the Council."This is a reorganization of the department which is currently segmented into two pieces: One piece handles civil matters for Mayor and Council; the other prosecutes misdemeanor crimes atraffic citations.
The subcontracted town attorney will operate independently of the Town Prosecutor. The individual's role is to attend Council meetings. The specific role that the individual is to play at the meetings is not defined in the solicitation. We suspect that it has to do with open meeting law compliance and matters that are directly related to the rules of procedure of the council.
According to the solicitation, the individual may be requested to "provide occasional legal guidance in municipal law as assigned in the areas including but not limited to open meeting law, election law, land-use, economic development negotiations and employment law."
The individual will be contracted for this additional work by both the Town Manager and the Legal Services Director.