The City Attorney is appointed by the City Council and works at the direction of the City Council.

The City Attorney supervises the City Attorney's Office, including four Assistant City Attorneys. In addition, the City Attorney acts as Chief Legal Counsel to the City Council, City Manager, the various City departments and staff, and most City commissions, committees and boards.

The City Attorney also reviews and approves proposed City ordinances, resolutions, contracts and other legal documents; oversees property acquisition needed for public improvements; prepares legal opinions for Council and City staff; and represents the City in litigation in which the City is involved, including violations of City ordinances