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County Counsel
Adopted Expenditures
By Program 2017-18 Adopted Change from 2016-17 Adopted
Legal Services
 
$8,343,867
100%
$356,063
4.5%
Total Department
 
$8,343,867
100%
$356,063
4.5%
Mission Statement

By statute, County Counsel is the legal adviser to the Board of Supervisors.  Our attorneys and support staff advance and defend the County’s civil policies and actions by: looking ahead, advising and litigating.  We work closely with the Board of Supervisors and other County Officers to maintain the civil legal integrity of the County of Santa Barbara.

About the Department

We defend or prosecute all civil litigation in which the County, or its officers or employees in their official capacities, are parties.  This regularly includes:  federal civil rights and state tort cases; “dependency” actions to protect minor children; property tax assessment appeals; land use actions; statutory financial cases, by or against the Auditor-Controller or Treasurer; defense against State audits; mental health commitments and conservatorships; cases involving contracts; employment cases; and motions and writs for the Sheriff’s Office.

 

We provide civil legal advice and services to:  the Board of Supervisors, other County Officers, Departments, Boards, Commissions, Committees, and Special Districts.  This legal advice involves many subjects, including: land use, public works, real property, contracts, public safety, regulatory, financial, elections, social services, housing, healthcare and personnel.  

 

All of this advances the County’s public service objectives, while helping to protect the County from loss and risk.

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