Winters, Mary A.
- (541) 693-2100
Assistant City Attorney
- (541) 693-2128
Associate City Attorney
- (541) 693-2124
Legal & Risk Program Manager
- (541) 693-2129
710 NW Wall Street
Bend, OR 97709
PO Box 431
Bend, OR 97709
Greenwood Avenue to close to westbound traffic between Third Street and U.S. 97 for railroad bridge improvements
3/21/2019 12:36:49 PM
Council adopts two-year goals
Bend City Councilors approved an aggressive package of two-year goals for the City. The 2019-21 goals stay focused on core services provided by the City while addressing emerging issues such as mental health needs and wildfire resiliency. And, reflecting the community’s feedback from a
3/21/2019 7:32:04 AM
Mirror Pond Parking Lot Construction
The south Mirror Pond parking lot will undergo construction starting this month to improve deteriorating parking lot conditions and increase safety in the area.
3/12/2019 3:14:11 PM
CTAC Policy Subcommittee Meeting - Equity
03/22/2019 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
CANCELED: Bend Economic Development Advisory Board (BEDAB) Advocacy Meeting
03/25/2019 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Planning Commission meeting canceled
03/25/2019 5:30 PM
The City Attorney's office provides legal services to the City of Bend.
CURRENTLY SEEKING EXTERNS:
|SUMMER 2019 PROGRAM - Applications will be accepted until January 31, 2019.|
|FALL 2019 PROGRAM - Applications will be accepted until March 10, 2019.|
Normally, the City Attorney's office provides advice and services to the City Council, the City Manager, Department Heads and other management personnel, but also at times provides legal advice to boards, commissions, agencies and to individual City employees related to their official responsibilities.
The City Attorney's client is the City of Bend. The City Attorney, Assistant City Attorney and Associate City Attorney have an attorney-client relationship with the City.
The office's legal services primarily involve providing legal advice to City Council and staff to assist them in performing their functions consistent with applicable legal standards. While the majority of the City Attorneys' time is spent avoiding disputes, legal disputes occasionally arise. The City Attorney's office proactively tries to resolve disputes when they arise, and often takes the lead for the City in settling disputes, including personnel matters, tort and contract claims, land use matters and other disputes affecting the City.
Most disputes are settled, but some cannot be settled. Most lawsuits against the City are covered by various insurance policies maintained by the City, and those cases are defended by the insurance company and outside defense counsel. The City Attorney's office works with the insurer and insurance defense counsel to manage those cases. Occasionally the City becomes involved in litigation that is not covered by any of its insurance policies. In those cases, the City normally retains outside counsel, and the City Attorney's office is responsible for coordinating with and managing the outside counsel. The City Attorney's office does handle some litigation matters.
The City Attorney's office handles appeals of land use decisions at the Land Use Board of Appeals and in the appellate courts, as well as appeals related to the urban growth boundary expansion to the Land Conservation and Development Commission.
In addition, the office provides various legal opinions and contract document reviews for the City Council and City departments. Most City programs and operations entail some legal staff involvement.