County Counsel

Responsibilities

The position of County Counsel is a public office. As a public officer, County Counsel has the duty of carrying on the operations of government. The duties of County Counsel are coincident with representing the County and advising on all matters which only a licensed attorney may do.

The County Counsel is considered a "law officer" of the County, with power, duty and responsibility to manage all legal matters for the County. The performance of these duties most often consists of:

  • Advising on larger projects that frequently involve other governmental entities
  • Coordinating the preparation of the resolutions and contracts approved by the County Commissioners and/or their officers
  • Dealing on a daily basis with legal issues raised by operations, providing formal legal opinions as require

Staff

The office is supported by six full-time Assistant County Counsel and by administrative staff.