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The Sacramento City Attorney’s Office is fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion by employing a workforce that is as diverse as the people of the City of Sacramento. We foster this mission by treating each other with respect, eliminating barriers so that everyone can reach their full potential, and creating a safe space for dialogue related to current and pressing challenges faced in our communities such as: economic, gender, sexual orientation, racial, and religious disparities.

Diversity - in people and perspective is essential to the extraordinary legal services that we provide to the City of Sacramento. We are committed to recruiting, developing, retaining, and promoting exceptionally talented lawyers and staff with diverse backgrounds and experiences to continue to provide the City with the outstanding leadership, integrity, and counsel it deserves.

Department Overview

Authority and Function

The language in the Sacramento City Charter relating to the City Attorney is set forth in Section 72, and reads as follows:

The City Council shall appoint a City Attorney and shall prescribe the qualifications, duties and compensation of such officer. The City Attorney shall serve as legal counsel to the city government and all officers, departments, boards, commissions and agencies thereof and shall have such other powers and duties as may be prescribed by state law and by ordinance or resolution of the City Council. In situations where the City Attorney determines there is a conflict in representation by that office, the City Council may authorize the retention of other legal counsel to represent one of the conflicting parties. The City Attorney shall appoint all other members of the City Attorney's office.


The Sacramento City Attorney's Office strives to provide the highest quality legal services to the City of Sacramento.

Core Principles

  • Commitment to public service
  • Zealous client representation
  • Timely, responsive counsel
  • Solutions through collaboration
  • Professionalism with integrity


The City Attorney's Office is composed of 60 members: 37 attorneys and 23 support staff.