The attorney general and his or her assistants and the prosecuting attorneys of the several counties shall render to the director, without additional compensation, such legal services as the director may require of them in the discharge of his or her duties and the execution of his or her powers under and his or her enforcement of the provisions of this chapter. The director, in an emergency and with prior approval of the attorney general, may employ an attorney to act in proceedings wherein criminal charges are brought against personnel of the department because of action in line of duty. For such attorney services, a reasonable sum, not exceeding two thousand five hundred dollars, may be expended by the director in any one case.
The director, if he or she deems the action necessary, may request the attorney general to appoint an assistant attorney general, who shall perform, under the supervision and direction of the attorney general, the duties as may be required of him or her by the director. The attorney general, in pursuance of the request, may select and appoint an assistant attorney general to serve at the will and pleasure of the attorney general, and the assistant shall receive a salary to be paid out of any funds made available for that purpose by the Legislature to the department.