The Kalamazoo City Attorney's Office provides legal representation for the City of Kalamazoo as a government entity, conducting cases in court whenever the City is a party and prosecuting violations of city ordinances. Staff also provide legal advice to the City Commission, the City Manager, the City's boards & commissions, and to all employees of the City pertaining to city-related matters.
This office also provides risk management services, administers loss reduction programs, purchases insurance coverages for identified exposures to loss, and administers claims for property damage or personal injury made against the City.
The City Attorney's Office cannot give legal advice or otherwise represent private citizens or citizen groups. However, the City Attorney will be glad to answer questions regarding the City Code of Ordinances, their enforcement, and regarding other city matters.
The City Attorney acts as the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Coordinator for the City of Kalamazoo. As such, s/he is responsible for accepting and processing requests for the City's public records and for determining which records are subject to release and which are exempt from release.
Requests for police reports should be directed to the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety's Records Division located at 150 E Crosstown Parkway, Kalamazoo, MI 49001. More information is available at their website here or by calling (269) 337-8106.
Requests for other public records may be submitted online at www.kalamazoocity.org/foia.
Kalamazoo County Courts - Both the Eighth District Court and the Ninth Judicial Court serve the City and County of Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo County Bar Association - The Kalamazoo County Bar Association can aid with lawyer referral and provides other resources
Legal Aid of Western Michigan - Legal Aid of Western Michigan provides counsel and advice- including phone intake, advice brief service, and also provides representation in cases with administrative agencies and in other matters in Michigan courts