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Summary of Services

Office Hours  7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.,
Monday through Friday
Location City Hall,
18 N. Jackson Street,
First Floor
Telephone (608) 755-3155
Fax (608) 755-3035
Email Contact the City
Meet the staff

Wald Klimczyk,

 City Attorney

Though some activities of the City Attorney's Office directly affect the public, most involve advice to the governing body and Administration who represent and serve the City of Janesville. The primary responsibility of the City Attorney is to provide legal advice to the Common Council, the City Manager and City officials. By statute and case law, the City Attorney provides written and verbal legal opinions on a wide variety of municipal legal matters. The City Attorney drafts and reviews resolutions, ordinances, contracts, pleadings, bonds, and other legal documents to protect the City's interests as it conducts business.

The City Attorney prosecutes all ordinance violations. This includes City of Janesville non-criminal traffic citations, adult and juvenile ordinance violations and worthless check violations. It defends the City and its officers if sued; prepares and litigates lawsuits on the City's behalf; provides advice to the City's various commissions and committees; and addresses tax, assessment, labor, collections, public works projects and contracts, and damage to City property questions and issues. The City Attorney cannot advise members of the public or City staff concerning their private legal matters or any legal issue that does not pertain to nor which cannot be affected by Common Council action.

Janesville General Ordinances

Copies of city ordinances can be obtained either at the City Clerk's Office, the Janesville Police Department or at the Hedberg Public Library. An electronic version of the City's ordinances is also available.

On March 28, 2016 the Janesville City Council adopted File Ordinance 2016-636 creating Chapter 9.07.030(B) of the Code of General Ordinances. This ordinance requires that all employers of five or more individuals may not discriminate in employment against an individual based on the individual’s gender identity or gender expression. The Ordinance also requires that all employers of five or more individuals post a notice about Janesville’s Employment Non-Discrimination Ordinance in a conspicuous place in the place of employment. That notice can be found: Employment Non-Discrimination Ordinance Notice 

Driver's Licenses/Occupational Licenses/Wisconsin Drivers Demerit Point System

Questions regarding occupational licenses and other questions related to driving privileges in Wisconsin should be addressed to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Landlord Tenant Issues

The City of Janesville does not have a local ordinance on landlord tenant issues. The City Attorney's Office cannot advise you on private legal issues.

Private and Personal Legal Matters and Law Suits

The City Attorney's Office cannot provide private legal advice.

Frequently Requested Referrals

Rock County District Attorney's Office  (608) 757-5615  Rock County Courthouse
51 S. Main St.
Janesville WI 53545 
Clerk of Courts - General Number (608) 743-2200
Clerk of Court - Small Claims (608) 743-2214
Attorney General's Consumer Hot Line (800) 422-7128  
Attorney Referral Service State of Wis. (800) 362-9082  
Tenant Resource Center (608) 257-0006  
Housing Resource Center (608) 755-2182  

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