The County Attorney is appointed by the Board of County Commissioners and advises the BOCC, elected county officials, county departments and volunteer citizens boards on all legal issues including, but not limited to policy-making, regulations, operations and programs of the county. The County Attorney is responsible for drafting resolutions, ordinances and intergovernmental agreements, reviewing county contracts and, as directed by the BOCC, prosecuting and defending civil lawsuits brought by and against the county. The County Attorney also provides legal advice and assistance for the Open Space Program and coordinates activities for the Healthy Rivers and Streams Program. The Attorney's Office also represents the People of the State of Colorado in dependency and neglect cases and adult welfare cases as well as providing over site on the Conflict of Interest Committee.
In addition to the County Attorney, the office is comprised of 2 Assistant County Attorneys and 2 paralegals.
The mission of the County Attorney’s Office is to protect and defend the Pitkin County Board of County Commissioners.
The County Attorney does not provide general legal advice to the public nor represent the State of Colorado in criminal matters.