The Civil Division provides a full range of legal services to Hennepin County government, working on contracts, employment issues, torts, health services, real property and human services. The division also represents the elected Hennepin County Board and Sheriff, as well as the county administrator.
Hennepin County is the largest local unit of government in Minnesota, employing nearly 7,200 employees, and is one of the 15 largest employers in Minnesota. The county has a $1.6 billion dollar yearly budget – larger than eight states.
The division has approximately 30 attorneys and 20 legal support staff including paralegals, secretaries, investigators and claims adjusters. The work of the civil division is extremely diverse and is driven by the breadth and variety of issues facing Hennepin County.
To protect the county's legal interests, civil attorneys provide regular training for county staff on liability reduction, contracts and procurement, and data practices issues.
Beth Stack is the Managing Attorney for the Civil Division.
The division has five separate teams:
- Employment - provides legal advice and representation to the Human Resource department and all other departments with respect to employment, labor, and worker’s compensation matters
- Contracts - provides legal advice to departments and drafts and negotiates contract matters with outside vendors
- Torts - responds to civil claims and lawsuits filed against the county and its employees in state and federal court
- Real Property - represents the county in property tax appeals, condemnation matters, and other property-related matters
- Health - provides legal representation to the Hennepin County Medical Center, NorthPoint, Hennepin Health, and several other health-related departments within the county