Law Director

Patrick Wilson

Law Director
Patrick K. Wilson

The Law Director shall be the head of the Department of Law, and shall be appointed by the Mayor, with the confirmation by a majority of Council.

The Law Director shall be an attorney at law in good standing, admitted to the practice of law in Ohio, and shall have been engaged in active law practice in Ohio for a period of five (5) years immediately prior to his appointment. Neither the Law Director nor his assistants, nor any special counsel, shall be required to reside within the Municipality of Cortland.

General Duties:
The Law Director shall prepare all contracts, bonds, and other instruments in writing in which the Municipality is concerned. He shall be the chief legal adviser of all offices, departments, commissions, boards, and agencies, and of all officers and employees of the Municipality in matters relating to their official powers and duties. He shall represent the Municipality in all legal proceedings. Further, it shall be his duty to perform all services incident to this office as may be required by statute, by this Charter, or by ordinance.