The City Attorney is the legal advisorto the City Council and of all other city officials and employees.
As such, the Legal Department provides legal representation for all city government related matters and has five major functions:
The office serves as the legal advisor to the City Manager, the City Council and all departments and officials of the City. We draft and review contracts, prepare legal opinions, and compile and present legal research at the request of the City Manager and the City Council, or other public officials, all with the goal of ensuring legally sound decisions in developing and carrying out city policies.
We prepare ordinances, resolutions and related documents needed to carry out city policies and City Council's decisions.
Initiate or defend lawsuits on behalf of the City.
The Criminal Division fairly and effectively prosecutes violations of the state laws and Port Angeles Municipal Code in District Court. The Criminal Division also provides advocacy, referrals, and information to crime victims and witnesses who may become involved in matters before the District Court.
Provide analysis, management, and oversight of the City’s various interests in real property; participate in negotiation and closing of transactions relating to real property rights and interests.
The City Attorney is not an elected official, and does not serve as an ombudsman for private citizens or give legal advice concerning private legal disputes.
Please Note: We strive to be helpful.
However, for ethical reasons,
we cannot give legal advice to individual citizens.
The Legal Department page was developed to provide general information.
Data contained at this location, any City of Port Angeles site,
or at any site linked from this or any City location,
has not been reviewed for accuracy or legal sufficiency.
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