City of Somerville FY22 Budget

Mission Statement

To provide high-quality, cost-effective legal services to the Mayor, City Council, Department Heads, Boards, Commissions, and other municipal employees. The Law Department strives to successfully prosecute and defend actions before state and federal courts and administrative agencies, provide well-reasoned, timely legal opinions, draft legislation, draft and review contracts, advocate for the City in matters before the state legislature, and facilitate the lawful implementation of programs, technologies, and best practices.

Personal Services Changes

Personal Services are projected up 9% for FY22.

The Temporary Salaries line has increased to $18,000 to fund legal interns in FY22, a return to FY20 levels.

The Chief Labor Counsel position has been reclassified for FY22.

Changes in salaries are due to negotiated collective bargaining agreements and merit increases based on annual performance reviews.

Ordinary Maintenance Changes

There are no changes to Ordinary Maintenance in FY22.

FY22 Goals & Measures of Progress

GOAL 1: Address ongoing GLX Construction matters to facilitate the opening of Green Line and the Community Path.

  • Maintain ongoing progress so as to avoid delays in openings.

GOAL 2: Effectuate labor/workplace-related police reform in conjunction with the Racial & Social Justice Director.

  • Anticipate labor, employment and workplace issues to allow for timely implementation.

GOAL 3: Provide a legal avenue to open a Safe Consumption Site.

  • Prepare to address legal issues necessary to satisfy federal and/or state court.

FY22 Budget

Personnel Listing