Duties and Program Areas

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Duties
The Corporation Counsel serves as in-house attorney for Eau Claire County and provides legal advice and assistance to:

  • The County Board of Supervisors
  • County Committees
  • County Commissions
  • County Agencies
  • County Offices
  • County Departments

Program Areas
Corporation Counsel is responsible for the prosecution and defense of all civil actions on behalf of Eau Claire County under the following 6 program areas:

1. General Legal Services
Provide contract, ordinance and resolution review and drafting, legal advice to departments and county board, training to county employees, prosecution of county citation, processing of claims against the county and open meeting and public records law.

2. CHIPS, JIPS, TPRs, and DHS Legal Services
Provide legal counsel and representation to the Department of Human Services (DHS) by processing children in need of protection and services (CHIPS) cases, juveniles in need of protection and services (JIPS) cases, and termination of parental rights (TPR) cases.

3. Chapter 51, 54, 55, and Watts Reviews
Provide legal counsel and representation to the Department of Human Services (DHS) by drafting and reviewing legal documents, court representation in matters prosecuting Chapter 51 mental commitments, Chapters 54 and 55 temporary guardianship, guardianships and protective placements and Watts annual reviews.

4. Building, Zoning and Health Code Enforcement
Provide legal counsel and representation to the Planning and Development Department and the City-County Health Department on zoning, building and sanitary code enforcement issues.

5. Child Support Legal Services
Provide legal counsel and representation to the Child Support Agency, including court representation to establishing paternity and establishing, amending and enforcement of child support orders.

6. Collections
Provide legal counsel and representation to any department of the county requiring assistance in pursuing collection and reimbursement.