The City of Westfield Law Department was created in 1991 upon the adoption of ordinance number 1067, now codified at City of Westfield Code of Ordinances Chapter 2, Sections 2-211 and 2-212. The ordinance calls for the city solicitor, by city charter, is appointed by the mayor and serves at his pleasure without City Council confirmation, to head the department.
The city solicitor oversees a staff of four attorneys, one of whom are part-time and three are full-time. The staffing of the department is completed with two full-time clerical positions.
The purpose of the law department is derived from the duties specified for the city solicitor. The city solicitor shall:
Be legal adviser to the mayor, City Council, boards, commissions, and department heads
Defend the city in all legal actions and prosecute actions on behalf of the city
Prepare and approve legal documents, give opinions on legal points, and represent the city as required before the courts, county commissioners, state departments, and legislative committees
By statute, represent the city assessors in proceedings before the State Appellate Tax Board