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The Civil Department


The Civil Department has the following responsibilities:

  • Provide legal representation and legal advice to all appointed and elected officials of the County.
  • Provide representation at meetings of the County Commissioners and other government or private agencies as necessary.
  • Give legal advice and assistance to county officers on County employment issues and collective bargaining agreements, election issues, jail matters, property tax valuation appeals and bonding issues.
  • Represent the County in court on civil matters, whether the County initiated or is defending the action.
  • Work with other government agencies on joint cooperation ventures.
  • Assist with the drafting, interpretation and enforcement of County ordinances.

Note: By law, the State’s Attorney and his full-time Deputies are not allowed to either provide legal advice to private citizens or to engage in the private practice of law.