The City Attorney's role is to provide the City Council and City Administrator with the legal advice and legal documents necessary to ensure that policy objectives are achieved in a manner consistent with State and Federal law. The City Attorney functions as the legal advisor and legal counsel for the City Council, City boards and commissions, City Administrator and City departments, and represents the City in litigation, whether directly or through outside counsel. The City Attorney provides legal advice regarding compliance with the law, including the Brown Act and Political Reform Act; prepares and/or approve contracts, ordinances and resolutions; and attends meetings of the City Council and other City Boards and Commissions. Under the general direction of the City Administrator, the City Attorney oversees the work of outside counsel on matters related to the City of Vernon power generating and transmission facilities, public financing, personnel and labor relations, land use, and other specialized issues. The City Attorney is responsible for planning, organizing and directing the activities of the City Attorney's Office, including supervision of staff, effective communication with other City Departments, and preparing and implementing a budget for legal services.