City Attorney

Responsibilities and Qualifications


The City Council shall appoint a City Attorney to serve for an indefinite term at the pleasure of the council. The City Attorney must:
  • Be an attorney-at-law admitted to practice in Colorado
  • Have at least five years experience in the practice of law
The City Attorney's responsibilities include:
  • Serving as the legal representative of the City, representing the City in all cases and courts
  • Acting as legal adviser to the City Council and other City officials in matters relating to their official powers or duties
    • Providing a copy of any written opinion to the City Clerk when such counsel is given
  • Performing other duties as the Council prescribes by ordinance or resolution

Staff, Facilities, and Special Counsel


The City Council:
  • Provides the City Attorney with assistants, facilities, and considerations as it deems necessary
  • Employs special counsel either on its own motion or on the City Attorney's request
  • Establishes compensation for the City Attorney, the City Attorney's assistants, and special counsel

UPDATE: Longs Peak Metropolitan District v. City of Wheat Ridge and Wheat Ridge Urban Renewal Authority- Judgement on Sept. 8, 2017
The judge ruled that BQ300 was in conflict with state statute and therefore overturned the initiative.

On November 2, 2015, a majority of Wheat Ridge voters approved BQ300, related to tax increment financing (TIF), and it was codified by the City in Chapter XII, Section 12.10 of the City’s Charter as follows …”If the value of the said sales or property tax increment financing revenue sharing, or cost sharing exceeds $2.5 million, the City Council action of approval must be ratified by the registered electors of the City of Wheat Ridge at a special or regular election.”

On April 14, 2017, the Longs Peak Metropolitan District filed a Complaint for Declaratory Judgement
Read the original Complaint

On September 8, 2017, the Jefferson County District Court ruled in favor of the Longs Peak Metropolitan District’s claim that ballot question 300 is preempted by state law; however, all non-preempted provisions of ballot question 300 remain in full force and effect.
Read more about the judgment in Jefferson County District Court on September 8, 2017.