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The Office of City Attorney provides legal counsel to the City Council, the City Manager and
other city officials. The office represents the city and officials in all litigation and
controversies. Upon request, the office provides written legal opinions to city and officials.
The office drafts and/or reviews all contracts, agreements, licenses, permits, deeds, leases,
franchises and other legal documents to which the city is a party. All ordinances and resolutions
adopted by City Council are also drafted by the Office of City Attorney. In addition, the office
handles all real estate transactions on behalf of the city, prepares deeds, examines titles
and conducts closings, and collects debts owed to the City, such as taxes, water and sewer
accounts, weed and demolition liens and damage to City property.
The Office of City Attorney is led by the city attorney who is appointed by and reports to City
Council. The office also includes two legal secretaries and functions as a law firm for the city.
Attorneys within the office maintain a diverse practice that includes litigation, trial and
appellate, tort, contracts, real estate, land use, environmental, taxation, collections, labor
relations, administrative and constitutional law. The City Attorney shall be the legal adviser
to the city manager, the council, or any committee thereof, all official boards and commissions
and all city officers and employees with respect to any legal question involving an official duty
or any legal matter pertaining to the affairs of the City of Prineville.
The City Attorney shall advise the city council, the city manager and all the departments of the
city concerning new or proposed state or federal legislation and to represent the city before all
legislative bodies in matters affecting the city.
The City Attorney is Carl Dutli. Carl is philosophically committed to the practice of preventive
law on behalf of the City of Prineville. This practice requires that the office proactively address
legal issues at their inceptual stage thereby avoiding costly, time-consuming and controversial litigation.