About the Law Director
The Law Department of the City Stow, under the direction of the City's law director, functions as the attorney for the City of Stow and its officials by providing legal advice to the mayor, city council, judges, clerk of court, and all of the various departments. The Law Department represents the City in all court proceedings and before any administrative body. The law department prepares legislation, contracts, and all legal documents to ensure all business of the City is conducted in a proper and legal manner and serves the city government in meeting its strategic objectives.
Responsibilities of the Law Department
The Law Department is responsible for prosecuting all misdemeanor crimes and traffic offenses that occur within the City; defending the city on appeals; advising police officers on probable cause matters and other issues; providing training and advice to the Stow police officers. The Stow Law Department also prosecutes misdemeanors on behalf of Northfield Center Township, Twinsburg Township, Boston Township, Sagamore Hills, Ohio State Highway Patrol, and Northcoast Behavioral Center. The Law Department is responsible for providing timely, professional, and ethical services to all residents, court personnel, and others they work with on a daily basis. The Law Department ensures fair, impartial, and equal administration of justice and will fight for severe punishment of dangerous and violent offenders all while preserving the rights and dignity of crime victims and maintaining a positive and professional relationship with all members of law enforcement.
The Law Department serves as legal counsel and advisor to the City, its agencies, departments, boards, commissions, and all of its elected officials. As a legal advisor, the department prepares all legal documents, legislation, and contracts and renders both formal and informal legal opinions. In addition, the department performs those duties defined and required by the city charter as well as those specified by the Ohio Revised Code.
The department represents the City's interests in all civil and administrative proceedings. It files lawsuits and pursues claims on behalf of the City, and it also defends the City and its boards, commissions, and officials in any proceeding where they may be named as parties.
Among its other responsibilities, the Law Department represents the City in damage and injury claims made against the City; defends allegations of civil rights violations and allegations of unconstitutionality; initiates suits for collection of taxes; files actions to enforce City ordinances including zoning and building codes; pursue damage claims by the City against persons who have damaged City property; and represents the City in public nuisance abatement proceedings, as well as federal bankruptcy and state court foreclosure proceedings.
The Law Department also represents the City as a municipal corporation in real estate development transactions and operational matters, as well as being responsible for certain filing and revivals of liens. It also drafts and approves proposed ordinances, resolutions, deeds, leases, contracts, legal pleadings, and briefs. The Law Department represents the interests of Stow's government in administrative proceedings before regulatory agencies.
The Law Department is committed to ensuring the best decisions are being made on behalf of the city. Please feel free to contact the department with any questions or concerns you may have. Although the Law Department cannot provide legal advice, we will do our best to address your concerns.