§ 3.060. City Attorney: Qualifications; duties; salary  

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  • 1. The City Attorney must be a duly licensed member of the State Bar of Nevada and a qualified elector within the City. Once elected, he shall hold office for a term of 4 years and until his successor is duly elected and qualified.

    2. The City Attorney is the Legal Officer of the City and shall:

    (a) Perform such duties as may be designated by ordinance;

    (b) Be present at all meetings of the City Council;

    (c) Be counsel for the Civil Service Commission;

    (d) Devote his full time to the duties of the office; and

    (e) Not engage in the private practice of law.

    3. The City Attorney is entitled to receive a salary as fixed by resolution of the City Council.

    4. The City Attorney may appoint and remove such assistants as he may require in the discharge of the duties of his office. Such assistants must not be Civil Service employees. The Council may appropriate such an amount of money as it may deem proper to compensate such assistants. Such assistants who are attorneys and are employed for more than 20 hours per week by the City Attorney shall not engage in the private practice of law.


    (N.B., this opinion was rendered by the attorney general as a guideline for enforcing the open meeting law and not as a written opinion requested pursuant to NRS 228.150.)

    Absence of city attorney at meeting of city council does not violate open meeting law. Where a resident of the city of Reno alleged that the Reno City Council violated the open meeting law (see NRS ch. 241) because the city attorney was not present at a meeting of the city council when the meeting was called to order, the attorney general determined that no violation of the open meeting law took place because: (1) the open meeting law does not require the attorney for a public body to be present at an open meeting; and (2) although the Reno City Charter requires the city attorney to be present at all meetings of the city council (see Reno City Charter § 3.060), the attorney general does not have jurisdiction to enforce the provisions of the city charter. OMLO 2000-11 (4-21-2000)

(Ch. 662, Stats. 1971 p. 1974; A—Ch. 553, Stats. 1973 p. 881; Ch. 666, Stats. 1975 p. 1318; Ch. 98, Stats. 1977 p. 210; Ch. 561, Stats. 1977 p. 1395; Ch. 599, Stats. 1993 p. 2501; Ch. 327, Stats. 1999 p. 1369)