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The City Attorney serves as general counsel to the City and handles most of its legal matters. The City Attorney defends and prosecutes for the City in civil litigation and administrative proceedings, and prosecutes ordinance violations. Litigation and appeals in State and Federal courts includes, but is not limited to, eminent domain; civil rights actions; inverse condemnation; mortgage and lien foreclosures; property assessment disputes; challenges to City codes and ordinances; and appeals of City Commission decisions and election dispute cases. Administrative proceedings include, but are not limited to, internal hearings of the Firefighters' Pension Fund Board; Planning and Zoning Board hearings; and State administrative hearings in labor and environmental cases. The City Attorney's office is responsible for conducting legal research; contract administration; municipal liens processing; and drafting, reviewing and revising ordinances, resolutions, leases, contracts, real property instruments, and proposed legislation. The City Attorney's office updates bankruptcy files on notices of bankruptcy; collects code enforcement fines, costs, fees and special assessments; and files claims when necessary. This office continues to reduce the costs associated with the representation of the City by building a strong legal support team, and by limiting the use of outside counsel for both litigation and non-litigation matters.
Mission Statement - "The mission of the City Attorney's Office is to assure representation to the City government, the City Commission, the City Manager and all appointed Department Heads as City Officers, all other Departments, and Divisions of the City government and all adjustment, regulatory and advisory boards in all legal matters affecting the City government. It provides exemplary legal services by addressing the legal challenges facing the City of Deltona in a professional, ethical, and cost-effective manner."