To enhance public safety and quality of life for Bloomington residents through fair and effective prosecution of crimes and civil administrative offenses occurring in the community, to protect the City's assets by proactively providing timely and effective legal counsel to the City, its elected officials, staff and boards and commissions, and to assist in the vigorous defense of claims brought or threatened against the City, all in a highly cost-effective, collaborative, and focused manner.
The City Attorney's Office is responsible for the prosecution of all non-felony cases committed by adults occurring in the City. The Office also provides legal representation and general counsel services to all City departments, the City Council, and all City Boards and Commissions. The City Attorney is Sandra H. Johnson. The City Attorney is assisted by three full-time Associate City Attorneys in the Criminal Division, two full-time Associate City Attorneys in the Civil Division, one Associate City Attorney who works in both Divisions and the City's Risk and Litigation Manager. In addition, the Office is supported by an Officer Manager/Paralegal, a Legal Secretary and two Office Assistants.
The Associate City Attorneys handling criminal prosecution appear in Hennepin County District Court, generally at the Southdale Division IV Court located at 7009 York Avenue South, Edina, 612-348-2040. If a case is contested and a jury trial demanded, the trial is normally conducted downtown at the Hennepin County Government Center, 300 South 6th Street, Minneapolis. Typical misdemeanor offenses include driving under the influence of alcohol, domestic assault, violation of orders for protection, simple assault, trespassing, shoplifting, disorderly conduct, theft or damage to property where the value of the property is less than $1000, careless and reckless driving, and petty traffic offenses.
All felony level offenses are handled by the Hennepin County Attorney's Office, 612-348-5550, www.hennepinattorney.org.
All juvenile matters are handled by the Hennepin County Juvenile Division, 612-348-7916. If the juvenile offense is either a petty misdemeanor or DWI, the Bloomington City Attorney's Office will prosecute.
The Associate City Attorneys work with the City Attorney to provide legal advice and services to the City's elected officials, various City departments and all City boards and commissions. These matters include:
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