The Office of the County Counsel provides legal representation, advice and counsel to the Board of Supervisors, all County departments, special districts, and other public agencies as mandated and authorized by County and State statutes.
The County Counsel reviews and drafts ordinances and administrative policies at board or department request, reviews all county contracts, attends all Board of Supervisor's meetings and deals with all of the county's litigation and outside counsel, except for those claims accepted by the county's insurance carriers. This office also advises county officials and departments on legal issues when requested.
In addition, County Counsel is the County’s liaison with Golden State Risk Management. The department provides a broad range of services directed at promoting the objectives of the County while protecting the County from loss and risk. Those services include advising on the law as it applies to County operations; drafting legal documents; and representing the County in civil actions, the Public Guardian/Public Administrator in conservatorship cases, and Child Welfare Services.
Pursuant to Government Code 65858(d) a report shall be issued prior to the extension or expiration of the interim (urgency) ordinance describing the measures taken to alleviate the condition which led to the adoption of the ordinance. The below report is a summary of actions taken by County staff since the adoption of the Marijuana Urgency Ordinance #1261.