The City Council appoints the City Attorney as its chief legal counsel.
The City Attorney’s Office provides legal advice to the City Council, City Boards and Commissions, and City officials and employees. The goal of the City Attorney’s Office is to minimize or prevent litigation against the City and enforce City rights and remedies when appropriate.
The City Attorney serves as “corporate” legal counsel to the City as an entity and advises the City Council and City staff on contractual, legislative, regulatory and litigation matters. These matters typically include open meeting and public records laws; conflicts of interests; land use and environmental laws; claims and litigation; municipal elections; employment and labor relations; code enforcement; City contracting and bidding; and resolutions, ordinances, and other legal documents. The City Attorney supports staff in enforcing community standards and codes fairly and provides legal defense for the City in a manner that minimizes City liability and exposure. The City Attorney drafts and reviews ordinances, resolutions and contracts for City Council consideration, and represents the City in legal actions.
The City Attorney's Office provides legal counsel to the: