City of The Dalles, OR


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Jonathan Kara

City Attorney

Our Mission

Provide prompt and efficient legal services to Council, Mayor, City Manager, all City Departments, Planning Commission, and Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal Agency.

The Legal Department:

  • Provides general counsel services;
  • Performs legal research to inform City decision-making;
  • Manages City compliance with the Oregon Public Records Law;
  • Maintains and tracks the City’s active agreements;
  • Drafts resolutions and ordinances implementing Council policy and Staff direction;
  • Enforces The Dalles Municipal Code;
  • Represents the City in administrative hearings and land use proceedings;
  • Ensures the City’s compliance with the Oregon Public Meetings Law;
  • Coordinates with the City’s insurer to manage the City’s legal defenses;
  • Engages special counsel when necessary to protect the City’s interests;
  • Negotiates real property transactions and other City dealings;
  • Prepares deeds, easements, agreements, and other legal instruments;
  • Reviews pending legislation and relevant judicial opinions to confirm the City’s legal currency; and Investigates complaints and liabilities impacting the City’s legal interests.
Public Records Policy

Liability Claim Form