Divisions and functions
The Legal Department provides a wide variety of services that benefit this organization directly and serve the residents of Salem.
The Legal Department provides general counsel and civil litigation services to City departments and prosecutes misdemeanors under the City’s code and State of Oregon traffic laws. Attorneys for the City:
- Prepare and review legal documents such as contracts, ordinances, and resolutions.
- Provide legal advice and counsel to the organization.
- Prosecute quality of life crimes affecting residents, neighborhoods and businesses such as
DUII, trespass, traffic, reckless driving, and other crimes.
- Initiate litigation on the City’s behalf and defend claims against the City in state and federal courts.
request discovery documents related to your Salem municipal court case.
Legal assistance for residents
We cannot provide legal advice to the public. If you have legal questions or need legal advice, below are organizations you may contact:
Oregon State Bar - Lawyer Referral Service
503-684-3763 or 1-800-452-7636
Marion/Polk Legal Aid
1655 State ST
Salem Oregon 97301
503-581-5265 or 1-800-359-1845
The City Recorder oversees records management for the City and maintains records of official acts of the City of Salem, Urban Renewal Agency, and the Salem Housing Authority. Records include agendas and minutes of public meetings, ordinances, resolutions, orders, deeds, easements, and agreements. View
City Council meeting agendas and minutes. The City Recorder is also the City’s Elections Officer, the City’s Records Manager and Archivist, and maintains and distributes the
Salem Revised Code. View more information about
requesting a public record. View more information about
running for elected office.