The mission of the City Attorney's Office is to provide timely, accurate and responsive legal advice to the City of North Port.
The North Port City Attorney's Office is responsible for all of the legal affairs of the City of North Port. The Office's client is the City itself and office attorneys are prohibited from providing legal advice to the public. For members of the public seeking legal advice, contact The Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service by calling 1-800-342-8011, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or visit their website at www.floridabar.org and choose the “For the Public” tab.”
The Office represents the City and its elected officials, employees, offices, boards and commissions in court and in administrative and quasi-judicial proceedings. Office attorneys draft and review local legislation, contracts, real estate leases, intergovernmental agreements and other documents and legal instruments. The Office advises on policy development and program implementation. Attorneys advocate and negotiate on behalf of the City. Office attorneys provide training to elected officials, City boards and commissions and City employees on a broad spectrum of law-related topics.
The City Attorney's Office also advises City officials in many different subject areas, such as environmental law; constitutional law; civil rights; employee benefits; public records requests and records management; personnel and labor law issues; tort claims; workers compensation; construction law; land use planning; equity, diversity and affirmative action; revenue and taxation; policing; fire, rescue and emergency services; code enforcement; housing; elections; telecommunications, franchises and utilities; and collection of revenues owed to the City.