The Legal Department consists of two divisions:
The civil division and the criminal prosecution division; The civil division counsels and advises in all legal matters dealing with the City; handles all litigation; drafts ordinances, resolutions, and other legal documents; and advises, represents and attends as required, the meetings of the City Council, Planning Commission and numerous other boards and committees within the City. Virtually every department, program and service offered by the City depends on support from the Legal Department as the City seeks to comply with federal, state, and local laws and regulations. In addition, the Legal Department assists all departments in personnel matters, legislative review, training, and select negotiations.
Unlike most cities the size of Payson who depend on county government or service districts for many of their services, Payson is a full service municipal corporation providing many services Citywide. This requires the Legal Department to handle complex and diverse issues, including, but not limited to, the following areas:
Payson Light and Power
Solid Waste Collection
Building Permits and Compliance
The criminal prosecution division, under the direction of the City Attorney, performs professional duties as required to carry out the efficient and effective prosecution of criminal and administrative enforcement cases and the ongoing legal process of City government. The Prosecutor represents the citizens of the State of Utah, and as such, the citizens of Payson City. After information is gathered from various law enforcement entities, formal charges are filed and trial preparations begin. Subpoenas are sent out and witnesses are commanded to appear for trial. The Prosecutor appears in court and presents the evidence and argument on behalf of Payson City and the State of Utah.
The Legal Department consists of the City Attorney, Prosecutor, Victims Advocate and Legal Secretary.