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Legal Department

The legal department staff prides itself on being a partner with the rest of the city’s over 650 employees in providing quality services to the residents of the community. We strive to keep well-informed and use all the resources available to us so we can provide positive, proactive advice to our public officials and fellow employees.

City Attorney
The department is managed by the city attorney, whose staff is comprised of:

  • One deputy city attorney
  • One assistant city attorney
  • One city prosecutor
  • One legal assistant
  • One secretary

This office serves as legal advisors for the city.

The city attorney's office assists the city council, city manager, and all city departments with the various legal issues they encounter. In that regard, this office:
  • Prepares contracts and leases
  • Provides advice on planning and zoning (land use) matters
  • Addresses purchasing issues
  • Provides input regarding annexation and condemnation actions
  • Collects monies owed to the city

Other Responsibilities and Organizations
The legal staff also routinely writes ordinances and resolutions that are considered by the council and represents the city in all litigation of a general nature, including civil actions brought by or against the city. St. Joseph has many volunteer organizations, including a number of boards and commissions serving at the request of the city council, and the city attorney's office provides advice to these groups about city ordinances and policies.

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Contact Us
Bryan Carter
City Attorney

1100 Frederick Ave.
Room 307
St. Joseph, MO 64501

Ph: 816-271-4680

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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