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James O. Branson III, City Attorney
333 W. Ellsworth St. - 989-837-3395 - jbranson@midland-mi.org

Purpose

The City Attorney's office shall conduct all the legal business in which the City of Midland has an interest.  The office provides day-to-day advice and consultation, document drafting, legal research, legal representation to the City Council, the City Manager, the City's boards, commissions and various committees, its departments and staff. In addition, this office provides information and assistance to the general public and other local, state and federal government entities and municipal government associations and organizations.

Duties of the City Attorney

  • Attend all City Council meetings and all administrative, board, commission and committee meetings as needed.  

  • Research, draft and review all ordinances, policies, legal documents, agreements and contracts. Research, draft and review resolutions, memoranda, agendas and correspondence as needed.

  • Consult and provide counsel to the City's elected and appointed officials, administrative staff, members of all boards, commissions and committees, City staff and employees.

  • Negotiate or assist in negotiation of contracts, agreements and real estate transactions as needed.

  • Provide information to the general public, other local, state and federal governmental agencies and municipal government associations.

  • Provide training to elected and appointed officials, administrative staff, members of all boards, commissions and committees, City staff and employees for policies regarding federal, state and local rules and regulations. 

  • Prosecute all ordinance violations from complaint issuance to trial.

  • Prosecute or defend civil court actions and coordinate legal services with contracted legal counsel and insurance carriers.

  • Monitor, review and publicize, when necessary, legislative and administrative matters of other governmental agencies and make necessary recommendations to the appropriate elected and appointed officials, administrative staff, boards, commissions and committees, City staff and employees.

  • Freedom of Information Act coordinator.

  • Ethics violation board member and consultant.