The goals of the Law Department are to provide legal guidance to ensure that all City functions are conducted in accordance with applicable laws and regulations and to protect the interests of the City through the preparation of sound ordinances, contracts, and other official documents, as well as the successful prosecution and defense of lawsuits.
The City Attorney is a full-time member of the City's staff. The position's duties include the preparation, review, and interpretation of ordinances, resolutions, and contracts; the provision of legal support to the City Administrator, staff, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen and other boards and committees; and the management of any litigation in which the City may be involved. Some legal services are provided by outside attorneys, including certain areas of litigation, liability issues handled by the City's insurance carrier, delinquent tax collection, and title research, eminent domain actions and other real estate matters.
Citizens and property owners sometimes have questions about how various city regulations may affect them. Local laws, known as ordinances, are passed by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen and made a part of the Franklin Municipal Code. If you have questions involving matters such as traffic and parking regulations, keeping animals or firing weapons in the City of Franklin, the answer is most likely in the Municipal Code. Please note that professional rules of ethics prevent the Law Department from giving legal advice to the general public.
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