Thank you for visiting the City Solicitor's web page. I am delighted to have this opportunity to tell you a little bit about what we do.
Our office handles all the legal affairs of the city, under the direction of Mayor Koch. The responsibilities of our office are set forth in our City Ordinance. There, it provides that the solicitor "shall have charge of and perform, under direction of the mayor, all the law business of the city..." There is much work involved, as Quincy is a fairly large city facing a number of complex issues. Our office advises all department heads as they go about the task of the city's day-to-day operations; all municipal boards - Planning, Zoning and Conservation Commission, among others; and, I have the honor of attending all city council meetings. The councilors serve as our legislative body, and frequently have legal questions regarding the business before them.
Our office consists of a team of lawyers, each of who manages a case load, and provides advisory opinions that are requested on a daily basis. We are not in the business of advising the public, even though it is the taxpayers who pay us. Our role is to advise city officials and employees, as we all work together to make Quincy's municipal government work for you.
I work very closely with Mayor Koch, who considers the solicitor part of his key management team. It is a great honor for me to serve as the chief legal counsel to the city of Quincy, where I was born, raised, and now live. I appreciate the opportunity to serve under Mayor Koch, and assure you that the City Solicitor's Office works very hard on a daily basis to honor the trust placed in us by the mayor, on behalf of you - the citizens of Quincy. Feel free to use some of the tools provided here on our web page, or to call our office with your questions about the legal business of the city.
Copies of City ordinances may be obtained from the Office of the City Clerk on the first floor of Old City Hall, 1305 Hancock Street, Quincy, MA 02169.