The Office of the City Solicitor performs or oversees all legal representation for City of Covington departments and officials.  Some examples of areas of practice include providing legal advice to City staff, the Board of Commissioners, and other City boards and commissions.  The legal department also assists other departments with reviewing and drafting various legal memoranda.  In addition, the legal department manages litigation in federal and state courts and oversees the administration of the City’s self-insurance program.  The City Solicitor also serves as the Alcoholic Beverage Control Administrator, overseeing compliance and licensing of all alcohol-related businesses in the City.

The office is led by City Solicitor Michael Bartlett.  Mr. Bartlett relies on and works collaboratively with Assistant City Solicitors and support staff to ensure all matters requiring legal review and representation are handled appropriately and professionally. 

The Office of the City Solicitor and its staff are not permitted to give personal legal advice. Those needing legal advice or assistance should contact a private attorney or the Northern Kentucky Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service (859-781-1525).

Three offices that used to be under the Legal Department are now under the Administration Department. They are: