Marion County Legal Counsel's client is the legal entity of Marion County, Oregon. The Board of Commissioners is the governing body of the county. Office lawyers are prohibited from providing legal advice to the public or to parties other than the political subdivision and body politic of Marion County.
Assistant Legal Counsels
Joseph C. Miller
Scott A. Norris
Legal Department Specialists
Administrative Services Manager
The Office of Legal Counsel provides legal services to the Board of Commissioners, county departments, boards, commissions and to individual county employees when required by the Oregon Tort Claims Act. The Office of Legal Counsel has an attorney-client relationship with the County. County Counsel and Assistant Legal Counsels are appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Board of Commissioners. The Office of Legal Counsel is exempt from civil service.
The office's legal services include representing the county in a variety of areas including tort claims, personnel actions and discrimination claims, labor matters, land use and planning appeals, public records matters, code enforcement, constitutional challenges, foreclosure and lien actions, nuisance abatement, civil forfeiture, real property matters, pension and benefit matters, environmental issues, road and right-of-way regulation, solid waste collection, disposal and franchising matters, fiscal and taxation matters. Legal services also include approving, modifying or disapproving contracts, agreements, ordinances, policies and other county actions.
555 Court St NE, Suite 5242
Salem, OR 97301
P.O. Box 14500
Salem, OR 97309
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday