The Counselor's office represents and defends the City, its elected officials and employees, and its municipal trusts in legal proceedings.
It also advises the Mayor, City Council, City Manager, department heads, along with the City's trusts, boards and commissions.
Kenneth D. Jordan
The Counselor's office responsible preparing legal opinions and ordinances to be considered by Council. It reviews Council agenda items for legality.
The Counselor's office reviews and process claims filed pursuant to the Governmental Tort Claims Act, the state law which sets guidelines for lawsuits and claims against government bodies.
When the City itself is the victim of negligent acts, such as damage to City property or injuries to City workers by third parties, the Counselor's office is responsible for collecting damage claims.
The Counselor's office prosecutes violations of City ordinances in the Municipal Court.