Timothy L. Fox
North Canton Director of Law
Q: What are the civil law duties of a city law director?
Q: What criminal court duties does the city law director have?
Q: Who is the city law director’s client?
Q: May the mayor or city council hire additional lawyers?
Q: What does the law director do if a city official violates the law?
Q: What if a city law director refuses to file suit against a city official who is violating the law?
Q: Must a city follow all state laws?
Q: Must the city law director give me access to public records if I ask for them?
The answer to each of those questions is available at the Ohio State Bar Association’s web site at this link:
Village solicitor or city director of law – duties, R.C. § 705.11.
The village solicitor or city director of law shall act as the legal advisor to and attorney for the municipal corporation, and for all officers of the municipal corporation in matters relating to their official duties. He shall prepare all contracts, bonds, and other instruments in writing in which the municipal corporation is concerned, and shall indorse on each his approval of the form and the correctness thereof. No contract with the municipal corporation shall take effect until the approval of the village solicitor or city director of law is indorsed thereon. He or his assistants shall be the prosecutor in any police or municipal court, and shall perform such other duties and have such assistants and clerks as are required or provided.