Serving the citizens and the City with timely expert legal guidance and technical assistance.
The Legal Department for the City of Lakewood has four major functions:
- Advisory: to provide legal advice to the City Council, the City Manager and other City staff as well as various boards and commissions to ensure legally sound decisions in developing and carrying out City policies;
- Legislative: prepare ordinances, resolutions and related documents needed to carry out City policies and City Councils decisions;
- Civil Litigation: initiate or defend lawsuits and be successful in any litigation which cannot otherwise be avoided; and
- Criminal Prosecution: fairly and effectively prosecute all violations of City criminal and traffic ordinances, including building and zoning code violations.
The City Clerk provides multiple services including:
- Weekly Meeting Schedules
- Serves as a repository for the City's official records including Council Agendas, Minutes, Ordinances and Resolutions
- Municipal Code management
- Public Records Requests
- City Council's Appointment for Advisory Boards, Committees and Commissions
- RFPs/RFQs/Bids Openings
- Contract and Agreements repository
- Serves as the records officer for filing of claims for damages and appeals
The Legal Department and City Clerk's Office consists of the City Attorney, two Assistant City Attorneys, three Paralegals, the City Clerk and five Administrative and Support staff.
Our office is located on the third floor of Lakewood City Hall , 6000 Main Street SW in Lakewood, Washington. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The Legal Department is prohibited from providing legal advice to citizens. Individuals needing legal assistance must retain private counsel. The Pierce County Bar Association Referral Service can be reached at (253) 383-3432.