Under the supervision of the City Attorney, the Legal Department provides legal advice to city boards and commissions, reviews legal documents, drafts complex ordinances and resolutions, directs city litigation (including that of city prosecutor), negotiates and drafts contracts, and assists in risk management. The Legal Department consists of a the City Attorney, Assistant City Attorney, Legal Secretary, and a limited duration rotating intern.

Role of the City Attorney

The city attorney is appointed by the City Council, reports directly to the council, oversees the Legal Department, and provides general counsel to the city and to the Urban Renewal Agency.  The City Attorney or Assistant City Attorney attends meetings of the City Council, Urban Renewal Agency, Development Review Board, and Planning Commission, and works closely with the City Manager and all department managers.