Attorney in law library preparing a brief.The City Attorney assists the City Council, City management and all City departments with matters of municipal law and seeks creative solutions to issues within the confines of the law. Ordinances and resolutions that come before the council are routinely written by the legal staff.

Services provided by the City Attorney to other City departments include:
  • Annexation of Land Bonds and Financing
  • Collection of Monies Owed the City
  • Condemnation of Land
  • Preparation of Contracts
  • Zoning Matters
City Attorney Services
  • Assists City officials and staff by providing legal services and advice pertaining to city business and issues Prosecutes violations of Springfield City Ordinances before the municipal court
  • Represents the city in all legal matters, including all trial and appellate courts
  • Represents the city on matters that involve state and federal legislation
  • Conducts outreach efforts that include seminars on shoplifting enforcement and DWI mock trials for area students Represents the city to most boards and agencies
  • Legal Counsel to Board
In addition to serving other city departments, the City Attorney is available as a resource to members of volunteer boards and to Springfield City Council to answer questions about potential conflicts of interest. The City Attorney represents the city in all legal matters including civil actions brought by or against the city. Mission Statement Provide quality professional legal services to the government of the City of Springfield. Provide leadership in areas requiring legal expertise.

Department Fast Facts
  • Employs about 20 people
  • Has an annual budget of about $2 million, or 2% of the General Fund budget
  • Provides legal advice to volunteer boards