Welcome to the City of Ames Legal Department

Our Mission is to provide the highest quality legal services to the City at the lowest possible cost to the taxpayers; to provide sound and objective legal advice and representation to the City officials and staff, Mary Greeley Medical Center and all other City departments; to earn and keep the respect and trust of those for whom and with whom the office works; and to act in accordance with the highest ethical and professional standards.

Listing of Services:

  • Advise Council, staff, boards and commissions on legal and policy matters
  • Draft ordinances and amendments, and publish Municipal Code
  • Litigate in District and Appellate courts claims by and against the City
  • Collect unpaid bills and fines through negotiation and settlement or litigation
  • Represent the City in all administrative and arbitration claims, including labor and employment, inspections, housing, licensing, animal control, and other administrative matters
  • Provide legal advice and support at all meetings of City Council and at meetings of boards and commissions
  • Supervise and monitor all legal work performed by outside counsel
  • Draft and review contracts, real estate, and other legal documents
  • Respond to public inquiries regarding City Code and regulatory matters
  • Advise and represent Mary Greeley Medical Center in contract, employment, collection, and regulatory matters
  • Prosecute all criminal complaints, traffic tickets, code enforcement violations, parking appeals, and other municipal infractions in courts-of-law as necessary

The City of Ames Legal Department cannot provide advice or representation concerning personal legal issues.

 City of Ames Municipal Code