The City Attorney is the head of the department of law, and he is appointed by the Mayor. To be eligible to be appointed as the City Attorney, a person must:
1. Be admitted to the practice of law in Indiana, and
2. Be a resident of Shelby County or county contiguous to Shelby County.
The powers and duties of the City Attorney are defined by Indiana Code 36-4-9-12, which states:
The head of the department of law shall:
(1) manage the legal affairs of the city;
(2) prosecute violators of city ordinances;
(3) give legal advice to the officers, departments, boards, commissions, and other agencies of the city;
(4) draft ordinances or other legal papers for the city and its departments, boards, commissions, and other
agencies when requested by the proper officer;
(5) maintain custody of the records of his office and turn them over to his successor in office;
(6) make all title searches and examine all abstracts required in public work of any kind, including opening,
widening, or changing a street, alley, or public place;
(7) promptly commence all proceedings necessary or advisable for the protection or enforcement of the rights
of the city or the public;
(8) use all diligence to collect costs, fees, and recoveries within the scope of his duties;
(9) report, in writing, to the city executive all matters that he considers important; and
(10) report, in writing, to the city fiscal officer all judgments for which the city is liable.
Officers, departments, boards, commissions, and other agencies of the city may not employ attorneys without the
authorization of the head of the department of law.