What we do


The Legal Services Department is dedicated to supporting the mission, direction and goals of the City Council by providing high quality legal services to the City of Asheville.


About the Department

 

The Legal Services Department advises and represents the City of Asheville in all settings where legal advice and representation are needed or requested.  The department provides advice to City Council, the city manager, city departments, and boards and commissions.  The goals of the department include:

 

  • Implement city goals and objectives through appropriate legal processes.
  • Assist in the development and presentation of legislative programs.
  • Initiate or defend legal action as necessary in support of city goals and objectives.
  • Provide research and advice to City Council in support of Council initiatives.
  • Provide continued high quality legal service to internal as well as external customers.
  • Provide or arrange for effective legal representation for all lawsuits.

 

 

 

 

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Asheville inquiry into police protest response expands to include roles for City Council, City Attorney

  In support of Asheville Police Chief David Zack’s recommendation of an outside independent investigation into Asheville Police’s response to recent protests, City Council has requested that the City Attorney’s Office, under the direction of City Attorney Brad Branham, lead the effort to select the investigator. This move is aimed at maximizing accountability and transparency to [...]

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City of Asheville to discontinue capital fee on utility bills

  City of Asheville water customers may see public notices about the outcome of a class action lawsuit involving the City’s capital fee collected as part of the combined utility statement.   In 2016, a North Carolina Supreme Court decision declared that certain “impact fees” charged by municipalities and utility authorities were illegal.  As a result, many cities [...]

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City of Asheville marks Earth Week by joining Amicus brief in objection to EPA power plant rule

  The City of Asheville continues its support of the creation of clean energy by signing an Amicus brief criticizing the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule. The rule, we believe, fails  to reduce dangerous air pollution and address climate change, increasing health and safety risks for Americans, including [...]