The City Attorney is the chief legal officer of the City of Folsom, and is responsible for advising the Mayor, City Council, and City Manager as to all legal matters pertaining to the City. The City Attorney also provides all Department Heads with advice regarding the law as it relates to the affairs of the City. The City Attorney and his staff are committed to providing accurate, timely, and effective legal advice and support to the City Council, City Manager, and City administrative staff.
The mission of the City Attorney's Office is to serve the City of Folsom by providing accurate, timely and effective legal advice, and representation to the City Council, the City Manager, and the officers and employees of the City.
The authority and function of the City Attorney are set forth in Section 4.03 of the City Charter, which reads as follows:
The office of the City Attorney is hereby created. The City Attorney shall be the chief legal officer of the City, and:
The role of the City Attorney is to provide legal representation and give legal advice to a broad array of City officials. Most importantly, the City Attorney advises and represents the City Council and all City Council Members with respect to their official City activities. The City Attorney has an attorney-client relationship with the City Council acting as a body; he does not have an attorney-client relationship with any one Council Member to the exclusion of the other Council Members.
The City Attorney has an attorney-client relationship with the City Manager, the City Department Heads, and other City employees and members of City boards and commissions to the extent that such individuals act within the scope of the powers given to them by the City Council.
Many citizens believe that the City Attorney serves as the attorney for the community rather than just the municipal corporation known as the City of Folsom. However, the City Attorney works for citizens only indirectly through City officials, and the City Attorney has no attorney-client relationship with citizens at large.