POL Government Elected Officials Auditor Mary Hull Caballero Charter, Code and Policies City Code & Charter Online Code & Charter Title 3 Chapter 3.10 Office of City Attorney
3.10.030 Duties.

(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 156711, 165112 and 181483, effective January 18, 2008.)  The City Attorney shall have the following duties:

A.  Appear for, represent, and defend the City, and its boards, commissions, bureaus, officers, employees and persons entitled to representation under the Oregon Tort Claims Act in all appropriate legal forums and matters.  However, other than as required by the Tort Claims Act, the City Attorney shall not represent individuals in their personal capacity and shall not represent individuals who, after investigation by the OMF Risk Management Division, are found by the Bureau to have acted outside the scope of their employment or duties or to have committed malfeasance in office or willful or wanton neglect of duty.  If the City Charter specifically authorizes a commission to retain or employ its own special legal counsel, then the City Attorney shall not be responsible for representing such commission on matters assigned by the commission to its special legal counsel;

B.  Review and approve as to form all written contracts, bonds, or other legally binding instruments to which the City is a party.  It shall be the responsibility of the City officials or employees who prepare such documents to submit the documents to the City Attorney for review;

C.  Give legal advice and opinions orally and in writing and prepare legal documents and ordinances for the Mayor, any Council member, the City Council, or any board, bureau, committee, commission, or agency of the City;

D.  Periodically submit to Council reports summarizing the amount, type, and cost of legal services required by the City in the proceeding year and highlighting significant legal cases and trends involving the City;

E.  Seek to ensure that City employees comply with legal and ethical requirements of public employment by providing advice, direction and opinions

F.  Seek to prevent legal problems for the City by training, directing and educating City employees about legal issues;

G.  Institute legal proceedings for the City in any court or tribunal on direction by resolution of the Council, except that the City Attorney may upon approval of the Commissioner In Charge and for good cause shown seek enforcement of any regulation or license requirement including the payment of any fee, penalty, or interest, established by Charter, Code, ordinance, or statute, and collection of any account receivable and may assert a counterclaim, a cross-claim, or a third party claim.  The City Attorney may institute appeals on behalf of the City for enforcement of regulations or license requirements including such payments established by Charter, Code, ordinance, or statute, and for collection of any account receivable, and may appeal in any case in which the opposing side first has appealed, as the City Attorney deems advisable.  The City Attorney shall institute other appeals on direction by resolution of the Council.  The City Attorney may also upon approval of the Commissioner In Charge and for good cause shown file in the appropriate forum a purpose the original or duplicate copies of complaint for interpleader whenever the City shall come into possession of property in which it has no claim and on which multiple claims have been made by other parties.

Title 3
Chapter 3.02 Council Organization and Procedure
Chapter 3.04 Subpoena Powers
Chapter 3.05 City Auditor's Audit Services Division
Chapter 3.06 Departments, Bureaus and Divisions Generally
Chapter 3.08 Treasurer
Chapter 3.10 Office of City Attorney
Chapter 3.12 Bureau of Transportation
Chapter 3.13 Bureau of Environmental Services
Chapter 3.15 Office of Management and Finance
Chapter 3.16 City Budget Office
Chapter 3.18 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.20 Bureau of Police
Chapter 3.21 City Auditor's Independent Police Review Division
Chapter 3.22 Portland Fire & Rescue
Chapter 3.24 Portland Water Bureau
Chapter 3.26 Bureau of Parks
Chapter 3.27 Portland Parks and Recreation Board
Chapter 3.28 Bureau of Health
Chapter 3.30 Bureau of Development Services
Chapter 3.32 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.33 Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Chapter 3.34 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.36 Portland Housing Bureau
Chapter 3.38 Portland Housing Advisory Commission (PHAC)
Chapter 3.40 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.44 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.46 Bureau of Insect Control
Chapter 3.52 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.53 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.54 Loss Control and Prevention
Chapter 3.57 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.58 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.60 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.62 Boxing Commission
Chapter 3.64 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.66 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.67 Performing Arts Advisory Committee
Chapter 3.68 Formal Japanese Garden Commission
Chapter 3.70 Pittock Mansion Advisory Commission
Chapter 3.71 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.72 Committee on Claims
Chapter 3.74 Oaths of Office
Chapter 3.76 Public Records
Chapter 3.77 Office of the Ombudsman
Chapter 3.78 Acquisition of County Property for Park Purposes
Chapter 3.80 Special Permits
Chapter 3.82 Officer and Employee Bonds
Chapter 3.84 City Owned Motor Vehicle Accident Reports
Chapter 3.86 Golf Advisory Committee
Chapter 3.88 Investment Advisory Committee
Chapter 3.90 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.92 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.94 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.95 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.96 Office of Neighborhood Involvement
Chapter 3.98 Towing Board of Review
Chapter 3.99 Fair Wage Policies
Chapter 3.100 Equal Opportunity
Chapter 3.101 Property Tax Exemption for Low Income Housing Held by Charitable Non-Profit Organizations
Chapter 3.102 Property Tax Exemption for New Construction of Single-Unit Housing in Homebuyer Opportunity Areas
Chapter 3.103 Property Tax Exemption for Multiple-Unit Housing Development
Chapter 3.104 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.105 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.106 Exposition-Recreation Commission
Chapter 3.107 Water Quality Advisory Committee
Chapter 3.110 Bureau of Hydroelectric Power
Chapter 3.111 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.112 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.114 Office for Community Technology
Chapter 3.115 Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission
Chapter 3.116 Waterways Advisory Committee
Chapter 3.120 (Repealed)
Chapter 3.122 Economic Improvement Districts
Chapter 3.123 Portland Utility Board
Chapter 3.124 Portland Bureau of Emergency Management
Chapter 3.125 Disaster Policy Council
Chapter 3.126 Emergency Management Steering Committee
Chapter 3.127 Bureau of Portland Fire and Police Disability and Retirement
Chapter 3.128 Office of Equity and Human Rights
Chapter 3.129 Human Rights Commission
Chapter 3.130 Administrative Appeals