The City Attorney Department provides correct, helpful, timely, and cost-effective legal representation and advice to the City Council, Agencies, Boards and Commissions and City Departments in matters of law pertaining to the functioning of the City.
The City Attorney Department is responsible for representation and advice to the City Council, the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency, Palmdale Civic Authority, Housing Authority, Industrial Development Authority, Airport Authority, Palmdale Finance Authority, Boards, Commissions and all City Officers and Staff in all matters of law pertaining to the CITY.
The City Attorney’s goal is to minimize or prevent litigation against the City and its agencies, boards, and commissions and to enforce the City’s rights and remedies when appropriate.
The responsibilities of the City Attorney’s Office include, but are not limited to: attending all regular, special and adjourned meetings of the City Council, Successor Agency to the Community Redevelopment Agency, Palmdale Civic Authority, Housing Authority, Industrial Development Authority, Airport Authority, Palmdale Finance Authority, Planning Commission, Mobile Home Rent Control Board and Library Board of Trustees hearing (upon request); draft or review all ordinances, resolutions and agreements presented to the City Council and its agencies, boards, and commissions (as needed); coordinate all pending litigation pertaining to the City, remain available at all times for consultation and advice on legal matters by the City Council, City Manager or City Staff, and supervise insurance and risk management matters for the City.
A City Attorney, an Assistant City Attorney, a Legal and Risk Assistant, and an Administrative Technician staff the office.