The Law Department is composed of the Law Director, a Prosecutor, a Paralegal, and the Victim Assistance Program. The Law Department has six full-time employees and one part-time employee.
The Law Director is appointed by City Council and is required by law to be an attorney and admitted to practice in Ohio. The Law Director provides legal services to the Xenia City Government, serves the legal needs of individuals responsible for the operation of municipal government, identifies the legal requirements for the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Xenia, develops innovative approaches to fulfill those requirements, and safeguards the City against liability for the purpose of protecting its fiscal integrity.
By Charter, the Law Director is to prepare all contracts, bonds, and other instruments in writing in which the City is concerned. He issues opinions either orally or in writing on legal questions posed by Council members or staff. He prosecutes or defends on behalf of the City, all complaints, suits and controversies in which the City is a party.
The City Prosecutor is responsible for misdemeanor criminal prosecutions for the City of Xenia. These cases include domestic violence, assaults, menacing by stalking, aggravated menacing, theft, criminal damaging, negligent homicide, driving under the influence, driving under suspensions, disorderly conduct, bad checks, sexual imposition, public indecency, resisting arrest, obstructing justice, and other misdemeanor cases.
The Prosecutor also handles traffic offenses such as speed, failure to maintain assured clear distance, failure to control, left of center, failure to display license places, stop sign violations, red light violations, and other traffic offenses.
The Prosecutor prosecutes income tax violations (failure to file or pay) and zoning and property maintenance violations.
Legal Advice Disclaimer
Neither the Law Director nor the Prosecutor can give legal advice to individuals who have cases or issues relating to the City of Xenia or agencies represented by the Law Department. They are not permitted to advise the public in private legal matters and do not represent individuals in civil cases.