Corporation Counsel

RHONDA K. GORDEN

Corporation Counsel

Mission Statement

To provide professional legal services to Ozaukee County government, including the Board of Supervisors, committees, departments and connected boards and commissions, as well as providing legal representation of the public interest in statutorily and contractually defined areas.

CORPORATION COUNSEL ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE

1201 South Spring Street
Room 232
Post Office Box 245
Port Washington, WI 53074-0245
Telephone: 262-284-8300

CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT OFFICE

Ozaukee County Justice Center
Room 212
1201 South Spring Street, Port Washington
Telephone: 262-284-8400

2009 Annual Report

The Corporation Counselís Office is better described as the County Attorneyís Office. Currently the office has two attorneys, a corporation counsel and an assistant corporation counsel. The Child Support Enforcement Office is now under the general supervision of the Corporation Counselís Office and is being administered by the Assistant Corporation Counsel.

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 the counties.

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121 W Main St P.O. Box 994 - Port Washington WI 53074 - General Phone 262-284-9411
General Hours of operation 8:30 to 5:00
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