§11-8-31a. Recovery of attorneys' fees authorized.

The governing body of the governmental entity of which a person is an official is hereby authorized to reimburse such person for the reasonable amount of such person's attorney fees in any case:

(a) Wherein such person has successfully defended against an action seeking his or her removal from office, or

(b) Wherein such person has successfully defended against an action seeking the recovery of moneys alleged to have been wrongfully expended.

In either case such governing body shall have authority to determine if such reimbursement is warranted and the reasonableness of the amount sought to be recovered.