The Law Department employs experienced attorneys and staff who have the skill sets to handle a wide variety of municipal legal issues, both civil and criminal.
The Civil Division of the City of Cuyahoga Falls Law Department is responsible for:
- Representing the city and its officials/employees involving various municipal issues including: municipal utilities; administrative appeals, civil nuisance, collections, foreclosures, contracts, immunity and personal injury;
- Providing legal advice to the mayor, city council, and various city departments and boards;
- Responding to public record requests;
- Preparing ordinances which eventually become the laws of the City of Cuyahoga Falls;
- Drafting and reviewing contracts for all city departments;
- Represent the city in all labor relation matters with the city’s six employee unions;
- Processing all legal and moral claims filed against and/or on behalf of the city; and
- Enforcing the city’s housing and zoning code.
Visit Laws & Ordinances to navigate the most current version of codified ordinances in the City of Cuyahoga Falls.
The Law Department is in charge of working with the Moral Claims Commission to process financial matters brought forward to residents and businesses. Visit the Moral Claims Commission for instructions and claims forms.
The Criminal Division of the City of Cuyahoga Falls Law Department is responsible for:
- Prosecuting all criminal violations of city ordinances constituting misdemeanors;
- Defending the city on appeals of criminal misdemeanor matters;
- Advising police officers on probable cause and other issues; and
- Providing training and advice to Cuyahoga Falls police officers.
- Prosecutes for the City of Cuyahoga Falls and the Village of Silver Lake.
The Direct Indictment Program is a partnership between the City of Cuyahoga Falls and the Summit County Prosecutor, which reduces the time between the dates of arrest and arraignment by approximately three weeks. Streamlining the process lessens the time in which the victims face the accused, lowers costs associated with prosecuting criminals, and officers spend less time in hearings and more time on the streets.
The law department ensures that the public is informed on important notifications including council or boards & commissions meetings, legal updates, and various requests for proposals and bids involving upgrades and developments throughout Cuyahoga Falls. Visit CF News to learn more.