Our office handles all the legal affairs of the city, under the direction of Mayor Papenfuse. 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 Harrisburg 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, we 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.