The Civil Division is located in the City Hall building. The division is managed and supervised by J. Eric Bunderson, City Attorney; supervised by Brandon Hill, Division Head; and includes two additional Attorneys; an Operations Manager; an Executive Administrative Assistant; and two part-time Executive Legal Secretaries.
The Civil Division serves as legal counsel for the city, including the Mayor, City Council, City Manager, city boards and commissions, city departments, and other city staff and organizations, in all areas of municipal law. Bradley Jeppsen, Attorney III, is assigned to serve as legal counsel for the Police Department. The Civil Division drafts and reviews contracts, ordinances, resolutions, and other documents; advises the city regarding civil rights, construction, employment, land use, and real estate law; assists the city departments in reviewing GRAMA (Government Records Access Management Act) requests; litigates lawsuits; and manages outside legal counsel. The division also handles civil and criminal appeals in the Utah appellate courts.
The Civil Division also works to minimize the City’s legal risks, promote and coordinate the safety of citizens and employees, and protect and enforce the interests of the city in state and federal courts. To that end, the division advises the city on insurance and risk management issues. The division administers insurance programs relating to the city’s real and personal property. The division works with city departments and the city’s municipal insurance pool to handle claims for damaged property and personal injury, and to reduce the risks posed by city activities to city employees and the public at large. The division litigates the City’s claims and settles or defends litigation against the city. Contact the Civil Division for risk management issues, including filing a claim against the city.
Download a "Claim Against West Valley City" form here.