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Role of the City Attorney

Legal Advisor
The City Charter provides that “the City Attorney shall be the legal advisor to the City Council, its Boards and Commissions and the officers and employees of the City on all matters concerning the municipal affairs of the City.”  Services of the City Attorney’s Office include the preparation of formal and informal opinions and advice, preparation of ordinances, resolutions, permits, contracts, and other legal documents, and representation of the City before various State and Federal agencies. The City Attorney also advises on meeting procedures, including the Brown Act and Ex Parte Communications.

Legal representation is provided, either in-house or through outside retained counsel, in litigation arising from claims by or against the City, including representation in cases involving contracts, bodily injury and property damage, code enforcement, eminent domain, land use litigation, employer-employee matters and writs.  The City Attorney’s Office also prosecutes criminal infractions and misdemeanors involving violations of the Monterey City Code.

Responses to claims against the City for bodily injury, property damage and incidents involving alleged City negligence are coordinated with the City’s Risk Management Office.

Voice: (831) 646-3915
Fax: (831) 373-1634

Christine Davi
City Attorney

Karin Salameh
Assistant City Attorney

Ryan Donlon
Deputy City Attorney

Alicia Salas
Legal Secretary

512 Pierce Street
Monterey, CA 93940