Under Article III of the City Charter, the City Attorney is the legal advisor to the City and all of its officers on matters relating to their official duties and responsibilities.
The City Attorney prepares and reviews all ordinances, resolutions, contracts, and related legal documents.
The City Attorney also prosecutes or defends complaints, suits, and controversies when the City is a party before State and Federal courts and administrative agencies.
The office is presently composed of 10 full time Attorneys and one part time Attorney. The support staff consists of an Office Manager, a Legal Administrator, six Legal Secretaries, one Paralegal and one Receptionist.
The office does not generally establish public policy. There is a clear separation of powers between the Commission (Legislative), the City Manager (Executive) and the City Attorney. There are occasions, however, when the City Attorney may initiate change. For example, the office strives to develop new and more efficient methods of providing legal services (research, computer updates, document production, continuing education). These initiatives are internal to the department.
The office also anticipates legal concerns arising from proposed City action and takes steps to prevent problems. The City Attorney also advises the Commission and Administration on changes in the law.
The City Attorney’s office is unable to represent members of the community in any legal matter.