City Attorney

J. Patrick Coleman is the City Attorney for the City of Cortez.  His office is located in the Cortez City Hall and his mailing address is 123 Roger Smith Avenue, Cortez, CO 81321.  Patrick can be reached at 970-564-4020, or by email at

The City Attorney is one of three City employees directly appointed by and reporting to the City Council, along with the City Manager and the Municipal Judge. The City Attorney provides legal services to the City Council, the City Manager, other City employees, and the various City boards and commissions.  The City Attorney’s duties include providing legal advice to his City clients, defending the City in legal disputes, and drafting ordinances, resolutions, contracts and other legal documents. The City Attorney does not provide legal advice or provide legal services to the general public or individual citizens.

The Municipal Court prosecution duties are provided on a contract basis by Drew P. Buffington of Buffington Law, LLC.  Mr. Buffington may be contacted at 970-565-7640.