The City Attorney is the legal advisor to the City Council, City Commissions, and City staff. The City Attorney provides legal and staff assistance to many City of Pendleton committees including the Airport Commission, Legislative Committee, Business License Committee, Planning Commission, Sanitary Regulatory Board, and Transient Room Tax Review Committee. The Legal Department is also responsible for the preparation and review of the City's ordinances, resolutions and contracts. The City Attorney represents the City before courts, including the City's Municipal Court, Circuit and Appellate Courts, and Federal District and Bankruptcy Courts. The City Attorney also assists City staff in dealings with the State and Federal government administrative agencies. The Legal Department also assists with labor negotiations as needed. The Legal Department is the City prosecutor for violations of City ordinances, and assists and advises the City's Police Department. The City prosecutor is an independent contractor who maintains City Hall office hours on Municipal Court days.