The City Attorney serves as the legal advisor to the Mayor, City Council, and all other City officials, as well as all City boards and commissions. The City Attorney is appointed by the City Manager and confirmed by the City Council. The City Attorney represents the City in civil litigation and advises City officials as they develop programs, projects, policies, ordinances, torts (claims), governmental affairs, land use, environmental protection, labor and employment, and contracts / utilities.
Citizens who have questions about City ordinances should call the City department involved, as it is the departments that administer the application of the ordinances. If the department has questions about how an ordinance applies in a certain situation, the department will contact the City Attorney for legal advice.
The City Attorney cannot give legal advice concerning private legal disputes to private citizens or businesses.