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City of Modesto FY 11-12 Proposed Budget CITY ATTORNEY Proposed Budget Fiscal Year 2012-13 FY 12-13 Proposed Budget.

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1 City of Modesto FY Proposed Budget CITY ATTORNEY Proposed Budget Fiscal Year FY Proposed Budget

2 City of Modesto FY Proposed Budget City Attorney Department  City Attorney Department Overview The City Attorney provides the following services to the community:  Represents the City, its Council, boards and commissions in all actions or proceedings in which they are concerned or a party.  Represents City officers and employees in all actions or proceedings in which they are a party-defendant due to the performance of their official duties.  Advises the Council and all City officers in all matters of law pertaining to their offices.  Provides legal advise or opinion on the legality of all matters under consideration by the Council, or by any of the boards, commissions or officers of the City.  Prosecutes on behalf of the people all criminal cases for violations of City ordinances, City Charter and other City laws.  Approve as to form all ordinances, resolutions and contract documents before presentation to Council.  Enforce the City’s Policies against harassment, discrimination and retaliation pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of  Conduct any and all investigations into allegations of harassment, discrimination and retaliation, including charges filed with the Equal Opportunity Commission and or Department of Fair Employment and Housing. FY Proposed Budget

3 City of Modesto FY Proposed Budget Introduction of Staff

4 City of Modesto FY Proposed Budget 2007 Staffing (1) City Attorney (1) Assistant City Attorney (5) Senior Deputy City Attorney (1) 1 Vacant Attorney Position (1) Legal Services Administrator (1) Senior Legal Secretary (4) Legal Secretary Positions (1) Equal Opportunity Analyst/Paralegal (2) Administrative Office Assistant II Total of 17 Positions 2012 Staffing (1) City Attorney (1) Assistant City Attorney (3) Senior Deputy City Attorney (1) Deputy City Attorney III (1) Equal Opportunity Analyst/Paralegal (1) Paralegal* (1) Administrative Office Assistant II (3) Legal Secretary II Total of 12 Positions *Created in exchange for the Legal Services Administrator Position City Attorney Department FY Proposed Budget

5 City of Modesto FY Proposed Budget 4-Year Expense History Including FY12-13 Proposed Budget *Increase in 12/13 budget includes full restoration of Legal Services Fund FY Proposed Budget City Attorney Department

6 City of Modesto FY Proposed Budget Proposed FY 2012/13 Expense Budget Funding Sources for this Include: General Fund Service Credits FY Proposed Budget City Attorney Department

7 City of Modesto FY Proposed Budget Strategic Commitments Commitment No. 2: Provide a safe and inviting community in which to live, work and visit. Commitment No. 3: Provide an innovative and accountable City Government that embraces a standard of service excellence through adaptive leadership and responsible City government. Commitment No. 5: Champion education partnerships. Commitment No. 6: Promote Modesto. Key Performance Measures Ability to continue to diligently protect and defend the City’s legal interest. Successful resolution of litigation against the City with little to no payout by the City. FY Proposed Budget City Attorney Department

8 City of Modesto FY Proposed Budget Achievements in : Despite a reduction in staff attorneys, the City Attorney’s Office has continued to handle a majority of the City’s legal matters in-house in an effort to minimize the costs to the City. The City Attorney’s Office has continued to diligently defend the City in numerous litigation cases, vigorously pursuing resolutions that serve the City’s best legal interest. We have successfully defended the City on significant Civil Rights Liability Cases with favorable outcomes, in addition to continuing to provide significant legal support for all City departments. In addition, we have successfully implemented the following in order to increase legal awareness and experience within the community: City Attorney’s Legal Awareness Program City Attorney’s Office/Modesto Junior College Internship Program City Attorney’s Law Clerk Internship Program FY Proposed Budget City Attorney Department

9 City of Modesto FY Proposed Budget EQUAL OPPORTUNITY ENFORCEMENT –Involving allegations of harassment, discrimination & retaliation The City Attorney’s Office prepared a stand alone Non-Retaliation Policy, in addition to the City’s Harassment and Discrimination Policy, in order to further protect individuals engaged in a protected activity from being subjected to retaliatory conduct. That Policy was adopted by the City Council on March 27, The following is a breakdown of the number of complaints (22) filed in FY from City employees: FY Proposed Budget City Attorney Department

10 City of Modesto FY Proposed Budget Proposed FY 2012/13 Budget –City Attorney’s Office Starting Budget: $2,396,438 –Department Budget Reductions from Department Expenditures: $12,224 –Projected Revenue/Service Credits: $937,358* ____________________________________________________ –Remaining Budget Funded By The General Fund: $1,446,856 *Reflects Increased Revenue From Fiscal Year of 6.8% FY Proposed Budget City Attorney Department

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