County Counsel's Office (1600D)


We provide quality and timely legal services to the Board of Supervisors, County Manager, elected and appointed County officials, all County departments, and other public agencies operating within the County, thereby allowing them to further the public interest and conserve public resources in a manner fully consistent with the law.

Department Headline Measures

Percent of Post-Litigation Client Satisfaction Ratings Listed as "Very Satisfied" or "Mostly Satisfied" Exceeds Target

Department's Budget as a Percent of the County's Total Budget Below Target and Benchmark

Budget Summary

FY 2015-16

  • Total Sources: $6,510,398
  • Total Requirements: $12,088,683
  • Net County Cost: $5,578,285
  • Funded FTEs: 43

FY 2016-17

  • Total Sources: $6,576,702
  • Total Requirements: $12,618,902
  • Net County Cost: $6,042,200
  • Funded FTEs: 43

Administrative Measures

Percent of Clients Rating the Department's Legal Services as "Exceeding" or "Meeting" Their Expectations* Exceeds Target

*Client surveys conducted every other year.

Percent of Employees Rating Their Overall Work Experience as "Very Good" Meets Target

Percent of Employee Evaluations Completed Annually Below Target

Department's Cost per Capita Below Target and Benchmark

Percent of Performance Goals Met Below Target

FY 2015-16 Highlights

  • Provided legal support in the Board of Supervisors’ effort to study and address concerns related to affordable housing, veterans affairs, and sea level rise
  • Supported the Office of Sustainability in forming a Community Choice Aggregation program, culminating in the formation of the Peninsula Clean Energy Authority by the County and all twenty of its incorporated cities
  • Coordinated litigation efforts resulting in the recovery of more than $71 million from Lehman Brothers bankruptcy-relatedlitigation and more than $1.1 million from the municipal derivatives litigationagainst various banking entities
  • Supported the implementation and extension of Measure A and provided counsel to the Measure A Oversight Committee
  • Assisted the Board of Supervisors in its effort to develop and implement the “Big Lift” school readiness program
  • Supported the County Superintendent of Schools and various school districts in data / information sharing to better serve the needs of the County's student population

FY 2016-17 Priorities

  • Continue providing responsive, timely, and top-rate legal services given the ever-increasing volume and complexity of legal work
  • Establish several practice teams and committees in order to increase collaboration and share knowledge
  • Digitize records

Links to Program Reports

Author: Heather Hardy, Administrative Services Manager     Contact Email:     Last Updated: 9/11/2017