The mission of the City Attorney’s Office is to provide excellent and ethical legal advice and representation to the City Council, City boards, commissions, committees, task forces and City staff in general municipal, public liability and workers’ compensation claims and litigation, and administrative matters by including all stakeholders in strategy development and resolution of each matter.
The City Attorney’s Office advises the City Council, Successor Agency to the Community Development Commission and Housing Authority on legal issues related to policy matters; provides legal advice to boards, commissions, committees, task forces, department directors and division managers; conducts legal research, drafts legal opinions, reviews agenda reports, reviews and prepares agreements, prepares ordinances, resolutions, regulations and administrative policies; assists the Code Compliance Unit in the prosecution of City Code violations; and manages and defends public liability claims and cases, workers’ compensation claims and cases, and administrative matters involving the City.
The staff in the City Attorney’s Office contributes to an outstanding quality of life in Oxnard by advising the Code Compliance Unit, prosecuting City Code violations, preparing various agreements, ordinances and resolutions, ensuring compliance with zoning requirements, protecting the public treasury, and providing expert legal advice to City officials.
Debt Collection: Due to the cost of the Debt Collection Program versus the return, the bulk of the Debt Collection Program was outsourced to an outside collection agency in Fiscal Year 14/15. The City Attorney’s Office will continue to review and pursue available collection options with available resources for outstanding judgments secured over the past 15 years.
Law Office Manager, Office of the City Attorney