"To promote justice and advance the interests of Tempe."
The City Attorney is appointed by the City Council to serve as the chief legal advisor to the Council, the City Manager, and all City departments, offices, and agencies. The City Attorney’s Office represents the City in all legal proceedings through its Civil Division and Criminal Division (Prosecutor’s Office).
The City Attorney’s Office is committed to providing the highest quality legal representation possible to meet the present and future needs of the City of Tempe in an efficient and effective manner. The Office maintains an open door policy to encourage continuous communication between City departments and their legal representatives.
The City Attorney’s Office includes 26 staff positions, 17 of which are filled by attorneys. The Office’s budget is $2.5 million for fiscal year 2012-13, with an additional Water and Environmental Law budget of $.3 million. City Attorney Judith R. Baumann supervises nine attorneys working in the Civil Division and seven attorneys who serve as prosecutors in the Criminal Division.