City Attorney’s Office
To provide the City of Waco, its officers and employees with professional and timely legal advice.
The City Attorney’s Office provides legal assistance and advice to the Waco City Council, City Boards, Commissions, City Management and employees in a professional and timely manner.
The office represents or supervises the representation of the City of Waco in all legal matters. The office is responsible for the review and/or drafting of resolutions, ordinances, contracts, agreements, deeds and other legal documents in which the City has an interest. The office also prosecutes violations of City of Waco ordinances and Class C misdemeanors in the Waco Municipal Court.
Jennifer Richie was appointed City Attorney for the City of Waco on July 17, 2012.
Prior to leading the Waco City Attorney’s Office, Richie was a senior assistant city attorney for the City of Irving and an executive assistant city attorney for the City of Dallas. She also has practiced law at a large, private law firm in Dallas and clerked for the Hon. F.A. Little, Jr., U.S. District Court, W.D. Louisiana.
In 2008, Richie was named a “Rising Star” in the Texas Super Lawyer’s issue of Texas Monthly magazine. Richie is on the board of directors of the Texas City Attorney’s Association and a member of the Waco-McLennan County Bar Association, the Judge Abner V. McCall American Inn of Court, and the International Municipal Lawyer’s Association. She also is a Sustaining Life Fellow of the DAYL Foundation, a Fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation, and a past Chair of the Dallas Bar Association’s Government Law Section.
Richie currently is the chair of the Atmos Cities Steering Committee, a coalition of 165 cities served by Atmos Energy Mid-Tex Division and a Board Alternate for the Commercial Consumer Segment of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas’s (ERCOT) Board of Directors.
Richie serves on the board of the Waco Symphony and is a member of the Waco Rotary Club.
She graduated magna cum laude from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College with honors in Art History and from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University where she was managing editor of the Louisiana Law Review. Richie is licensed to practice law in Texas and Louisiana and is admitted to practice law in the United States District Courts in the Northern and Southern Districts of Texas.
Assistant City Attorneys:
- Annette Jones
- John T. Patterson
- Joseph M. Layman
- Judith N. Benton
- Kristi DeCluitt
- Kathleen F. Perdon
- Dallin Holt