The Legal Department has the following major functions:
Advisory: Provide legal advice to the City Council, City Manager, and City Departments as well as various boards, committees and commissions to ensure legally sound decisions in developing and carrying out City policies.
Legislative: Prepare ordinances, resolutions and related documents needed to carry out City policies and City Council decisions.
Civil Litigation: Initiate or defend lawsuits and succeed with any litigation which cannot otherwise be avoided.
Criminal Prosecution: Fairly and effectively prosecute all violations of City criminal and traffic ordinances, including building and zoning code violations.
City Clerk: Designated Public Records Officer, City’s agent of service and provides legislative and administrative support to the City Council.
Document/Information Management: All aspects of information management to include serving as repository of the official legislative records, contracts and records management of public records retention, disclosure and disposition.
Administrative Process: All aspects of Administrative Procedure, including public notice, bidding, administrative appeals and representing the City in Administrative hearings
The Legal Department is located on the third floor of Lakewood City Hall , 6000 Main Street SW in Lakewood, Washington. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The Legal Department is prohibited from providing legal advice to citizens. Individuals needing legal assistance must retain private counsel. The Pierce County Bar Association Referral Service can be reached at (253) 383-3432 or visit their webpage .