To practice preventive law on behalf of the City of Roanoke.
The Office of the City Attorney provides legal counsel to the City Council, the City Manager and other City officials, the School Board, the Superintendent and other school officials and Greater Roanoke Transit Company, a mass transit system wholly owned by the City. The Office represents the City and School Board and officials of each in all litigation on behalf of, or against, them. Upon request, the Office provides written legal opinions to City and School Board officials. The office drafts and/or reviews all contracts, agreements, licenses, permits, deeds, leases, franchises, and other legal documents to which the City or School Board is a party. All ordinances and resolutions adopted by City Council are also drafted by the Office of the City Attorney. In addition, the Office handles all real estate transactions on behalf of the City , preparing deeds, examining titles and conducting closings, and collects debts owed to the City, such as taxes, water and sewer accounts, weed and demolition liens and damage to City property.
The Office of City Attorney is led by the City Attorney who is appointed by and reports to City Council.