The Corporation Counselís duties
include most types of civil law involving the County. The
Corporation Counsel does not handle criminal matters, traffic or
general ordinance violations. Those areas and the juvenile
criminal matters are handled by the District Attorneyís Office.
The Corporation Counselís Office is only minimally involved with
labor and insurance law.
The attorneys do appear in court
regularly in the areas of guardianships, mental commitments,
juveniles who are abused or in need of services, and collections
for the County. The Corporation Counselís Office does collect
fees for guardian ad litem and public defender costs, which were
originally paid by the County. The office also collects fees for
the Department of Social Services and the Department of
Community Programs including foster care costs. There are other
costs to the County that are collected by the Corporation
Counselís Office such as damage to highway signs, damage to park
property or non-payment of bills to Lasata Care Center.
The Corporation Counselís Office
gives legal advice to Ozaukee County employees, department heads
and elected officials of Ozaukee County. The Corporation
Counselís Office does not advise private individuals,
corporations or other governmental agencies. The Corporation
Counselís Office represents the elected officials and employees
of Ozaukee County.
In the area of environmental
health and zoning, the office enforces the Zoning Codes and
prosecutes septic system violations.
The Corporation Counsel attends
committee meetings and prepares documents for court action. The
office also provides legal services to county offices by review
and preparation of contracts, leases, and other agreements.
In the child support area, the
Corporation Counselís Office establishes paternity and enforces
child support collections. In summary, the Corporation Counselís
Office is the attorney for Ozaukee County in all matters except
criminal, traffic, some insurance and labor matters. The
Corporation Counselís Office does not represent the private
citizens of Ozaukee County. Ozaukee County is considered by law
a corporate part of the State of Wisconsin and therefore the
term corporation counsel is used in reference to attorneys for