It is our mission
to constantly improve on the quality, efficiency and cost effectiveness of
the legal services provided to the municipality. We seek to accomplish this
goal by a constantly evolving process of formal education, learning through
experience and analysis of our completed operations.
We recognize that the municipality operates in an increasingly complex legal
milieu and that it is the primary objective of the City’s Legal Department
to assist municipal employees and officials in responding to the
challenges created by that environment.
The City Legal Department advises
and represents all of the disparate elements of the City government,
including the General government, the School Department, the Police
Department, the Fire Department and all of the various boards, commissions
and agencies. Certain services are provided by outside private law firms
under both continuing contracts and on an as needed basis.
The scope of these legal services includes both matters of an advisory as
well as a representational nature. It includes the provision of legal
opinions, the drafting of legal documents and both the prosecution and
defense of items of litigation involving the City government and its
The Legal Department is administered by the
City Attorney. There is currently one part-time Assistant City Attorney, who is primarily
directed to advise and represent the Portsmouth School Department.
Code Enforcement Officer Jason C. Page operates under the direction of the Legal Department.
Department activities are coordinated by legal assistant Raeline O'Neil.
Robert P. Sullivan
Suzanne M. Woodland, Esq.
Kathleen M. Dwyer
1 Junkins Avenue
Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 610 - 7204