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City Hall and all other City facilities are closed to the public as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. The closures will be effective after 5 p.m. Thursday, March 19, and will continue through May 15, 2020. City staff will continue to report to their offices and serve the public. Residents are encouraged to conduct City business online or by contacting individual City departments directly. Residents who are unsure how to conduct their City business may contact the City’s customer service hotline from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 515.239.5670.

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