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Civil Division

The Civil Division of the Law Department:

  • Represents the city in all matters pertaining to its day-to-day operation;
  • Handles city matters in all areas of the law, except criminal prosecution;
  • Attends all meetings of the City Council, advising and rendering opinions upon request;
  • Attends meetings of the Mayor's and City Council's boards, committees, commissions and task forces providing opinions as needed;
  • Prepares and reviews ordinances, resolutions, petitions, contacts, deeds, leases, easements, agreements, notices, and all other legal documents and general legal services for all city departments and offices;
  • Provides general counsel to the city department heads, labor negotiator, and hearing examiner;
  • Is responsible for all litigation filed against or on behalf of the city;
  • Is responsible for review and research of federal, state and local laws, ordinances, and court decisions and the preparation of memoranda and legal opinions.