Rubin E. Cruse, Jr.
The County Counsel is the attorney for the County, including the
Board of Supervisors and all County officers, departments, boards and
commissions as well as those county bodies and agencies whose governing
boards are made up (in whole or part) of members of the County Board of
Supervisors. The County Counsel’s office also acts as legal advisor for
the Shasta County Grand Jury.
In addition, the County Counsel has discretionary authority to
provide legal services to other local public entities and special
districts, and to charge a fee for such services.
The County Counsel’s Office does not provide legal services to the
Mission and Goals
The mission of the attorneys of the County Counsel’s office is to be
legal counselors in the fullest sense, providing service that is
intelligent, trustworthy, and dedicated to public service.
The primary goals of the office are to:
- Provide responsive legal advice and assistance to the County Board
of Supervisors and our other clients to enable them to carry out their
- Provide assertive representation in civil litigation and
- Provide prompt and effective assistance in drafting contracts
and other legal documents; and
- Provide professional support that enhances the services
provided to the public by our clients.
Management and Organization of the Office
The office is administered by the County Counsel. Legal services are
provided by eight attorneys, including the County Counsel and Assistant
County Counsel. The attorneys are supported by an Executive Assistant
and two legal secretaries.
Each attorney provides advice and representation in one or more of
the following areas:
- Transactional and General Services:
Drafting and reviewing for legal sufficiency contracts, deeds,
leases, and other instruments; providing oral and written opinions to
the Board of Supervisors, County Administrative Office, and other County
clients regarding their legal powers, responsibilities, and
limitations; and drafting and reviewing ordinances, resolutions, and
- Child Dependency:
Trial and appellate services for the Social Services branch of the
Health and Human Services Agency, Children and Family Services Division,
for all Juvenile Court dependency and child welfare proceedings (for
the protection of abused and neglected children).
- Personnel and Labor:
Advice and representation in matters pertaining to personnel issues,
disciplinary proceedings, labor relations, and employee benefits.
- Litigation and Claims:
Representation in tort, employment, civil rights, code enforcement,
and other civil and administrative actions and proceedings brought
against or on behalf of the County, through direct representation or
oversight of outside counsel, and risk analysis.
- Land Use and Environmental Resources:
Advice and representation in planning and development matters before
the County Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors, as well as
legal services related to the planning, development, and management of
County roads, airports, waste disposal facilities, and other public
- Law and Justice:
Legal services to County criminal justice agencies, including the
Sheriff’s Office, Probation Department, District Attorney’s Office, and
- Grand Jury:
Advice and representation with regard to the Grand Jury’s "civil
The County Counsel’s office is located in the Shasta County
Administration Center at 1450 Court Street, Suite 332, Redding,
California 96001-1675. The telephone number for general reception is
Frequently Asked Questions
Does the County Counsel give legal advice to members of the
No. The County Counsel, by statute, is the lawyer for the County, its
officers and employees in their official capacity, and certain other
public entities. The County Counsel may not give legal advice to members
of the public.
Where can I obtain legal advice or representation?
There are many ways to find legal assistance.
- Use www.LawHelpCalifornia.org
to find legal aid offices, lawyer-referral services, and other free and
low-cost services in Shasta County and elsewhere throughout California.
- For assistance with child support, spousal support, health
insurance, parentage, custody and visitation, divorce, legal separation
and nullity of marriage, and preparing the necessary forms, contact the
Shasta County Family Law Facilitator: Lizabeth Robison, 1640 West
Street, Redding, CA 96001, (530) 245-6900.
- For free legal assistance to persons aged 60 and older
regarding Social Security/SSI, wills, powers of attorney, advance health
care directives, debt counseling, and other issues contact: Senior
Legal Services, 1647 Hartnell Avenue, Redding, CA 96002, (530) 223-6979.
- Persons with low incomes who need assistance with civil matters
(except bankruptcy), may contact Legal Services of Northern California,
(800) 822-9687 or (530) 241-3565. Legal Services of Northern California
also acts as Shasta County’s Small Claims Advisor; there are no income
restrictions for assistance with small claims matters.
- Ask a friend or family member to recommend an attorney.
- Use the State Bar of California’s "find an attorney" service.
I have suffered personal injury or property damage, which I
believe was caused by the County or one of its employees. How do I go
about collecting for my damages?
The process of collecting damages from the County is started by
filing a claim on the County’s claim form with the Clerk of the Board of
Supervisors, whose office is located in the County Administration
Center, 1450 Court Street, Suite 308B, Redding, California, 96001, (530)
The instructions and forms for filing a claim can be obtained from
the Risk Management Division of the Office of the Support Services,
located in the County Administration Center, 1450 Court Street, Suite
348, Redding, California, 96001, (530) 225-5143.
The law governing claims against public entities is complex and has
short deadlines. You may need to seek the services of an attorney for
your own protection. In any event, you should present your claim without
delay. For additional information, please refer to Government Code
Can I serve a lawsuit against the County by serving the
No. Service of process on the County may only be accomplished by
serving the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, whose office is located
in the County Administration Center, 1450 Court Street, Suite 308B,
Redding, California, 96001, (530) 225-5550.
I would like to view some County records. Can I get them from
the Office of the County Counsel?
No. The Office of the County Counsel is not the custodian of records
of the County of Shasta. You should inquire directly at the office or
location where you believe the records are maintained, or contact the
Clerk of the Board of Supervisors at (530) 225-5550.
I would like a copy of the Shasta County Code. Can I get it
from the Office of the County Counsel?
No. The Shasta County Code is available from the County’s website.
In addition, the County Code can be reviewed (and copies obtained, for a
fee) from the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, whose office is
located in the County Administration Center, 1450 Court Street, Suite
308B, Redding, California, (530) 225-5550.
What control does the County or the Board of Supervisors have
over cities, special districts, school districts, and the Shasta County
Office of Education?
Cities, special districts, school districts, and the Shasta County
Office of Education are independent legal entities, over which the
County and its Board of Supervisors have no control. Any concerns you
have with those entities should be addressed to their managers or
Note: The information on this website is for educational
and informational purposes only and does not purport to constitute legal
advice. If you have any questions about your legal rights and
responsibilities, you should seek professional advice.