The Civil Department was started in 1995 to meet the increasing demand for civil legal services in county government and to meet the need for an administrative services to the office.
The department provides legal advice and assistance to all elected officials, county offices and departments, and independent boards and commissions. The Civil Department provides both formal and informal legal opinions to all areas of county government, handles civil litigation, performs contract review, advises on personnel issues, handles public disclosure issues, and also serves as part of the county's risk management team.
The responsibility of this department includes the considerable work load generated by GMA/Land Use issues. The department also performs all administrative functions for the office, including budget and personnel matters.