City Attorney

The City Attorney is appointed by the City Council to plan, organize and direct legal activities to accomplish commitments made on the City of Jacksonville Strategic Map and to act as chief legal advisor to the City.  Some of the various roles and responsibilities of the City Attorney include:

  • Provides legal advice to the City Council, City Manager and other authorized City representatives to produce innovative solutions to a wide variety of legal matters
  • Prepares ordinances and resolutions considered and adopted by the City Council
  • Drafts and reviews contracts and other legal documents on behalf of the City
  • Represents the City in legal proceedings 
  • Prosecutes Class C misdemeanors and city ordinance violations in municipal court
  • Submits briefs to the Texas Attorney General seeking opinion as to release of matters requested under the Public Information Act

The City Attorney does not provide legal advice, opinions or representation to members of the public on private matters.

  1. The City Council invited Brett Brewer to serve as in-house City Attorney beginning May, 2022.   Prior to that time, Brewer was with the Norman Law Firm for 25 years where he served as outside counsel to the City of Jacksonville and other area cities, as well as lawyer for numerous private individuals and entities.  He has advocated for the City of Jacksonville in District Courts, the 12th Court of Appeals in Tyler and the Texas Supreme Court.  Brewer served as legal advisor to the Charter review committee resulting in an election in which the voters approved 21 of 22 proposed amendments to the City Charter.  He has also processed and held hearings on dozens of substandard building cases before the Board of Adjustments.  Additionally, he serves as lawyer for the Jacksonville Economic Development Corporation where he negotiates economic development incentives to foster business and encourage growth.

    Brewer has been given the honor of being selected as a Fellow of the State Bar of Texas.  He feels privileged to have served the community of Jacksonville as Paul Harris Fellow and past president of the Jacksonville Rotary Club, past chair of the board of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and currently serves as an elder in his church.  He and his wife, Shauna, have resided in Jacksonville since 1997.   They have two adult children, Thomas and Shelby.