The City Solicitor and his/her staff are responsible for preparing and approving legal documents, and providing legal counsel to the Mayor, City Council, and the departments, commissions, committees and agencies of the City of Pittsfield. As general legal counsel to the City, the City Solicitor’s Office is prohibited from providing legal representation or legal advice to members of the general public.
The City Solicitor is charged with the production and review of contracts awarded by City agencies; the drafting of real estate conveyance documents, including eminent domain orders, deeds, easements, leases, releases, loan documents, contracts of any nature; the drafting of proposed ordinances, City Council orders and home rule petitions to the state legislature. The City Solicitor also investigates all claims made against the City and administers the same in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 258, or other applicable provisions of law.
It is the duty of the City Solicitor to commence and prosecute all actions and other legal proceedings and suits begun by the City, and to defend all actions and suits brought against the City in any court or other tribunal of the Commonwealth, or of the United States; also to appear as counsel in any other action, suit or prosecution which may involve the rights and interests of the City, and to defend any of the officers of the City in suits and prosecutions against them for any official action, or the performance of any official duty, when any right, privilege, ordinance, act or direction of the City Council may be brought in question.