The City Attorney's Office acts as the legal representative of the City. The City Attorney and Deputy City Attorney are responsible for representing and advising the City Commission, all City departments, and City advisory boards with regards to the laws of the State and the City, which apply to them.
The office prepares and reviews legal documents for City use, including contracts, ordinances and resolutions. The office also assists with the development of City policies, employee and advisory board training and emergency management. The City Attorney's Office acts as a police legal advisor and pursues forfeiture actions on behalf of the City and represents the interests of the City in legal proceedings by filing and defending lawsuits on behalf of the City.
Don Smallwood has been the full time City Attorney since March 1995. He supervises four employees and his responsibilities include serving as the chief legal advisor to the City Commission, City Advisory Boards, and City staff. He is also the Attorney of Record in all civil suits and legal proceedings; prepares, reviews and approves as to form and legality of City ordinances, resolutions, contracts, and other legal instruments. He attends regular and all special City Commission meetings. Mr. Smallwood is a past president of the Florida Municipal Attorneys Association. In 2017, Mr. Smallwood was honored by his peers as the winner of the Paul Buchman Award, recognizing him as Florida’s Outstanding Municipal Attorney of the Year.
Deputy City Attorney
Olga Sanchez de Fuentes has been the Deputy City Attorney for the City of Kissimmee since December 2014. She is State of Florida board certified in City, County, & Local Government Law. Her responsibilities include assisting the City Attorney in providing day to day legal services to the various City Departments. She also attends City Advisory Board meetings and provides legal assistance to the boards and staff during those meetings.
Olga Sanchez de Fuentes
Assistant City Attorney
Celia Thacker Dorn started as the Assistant City Attorney for the City of Kissimmee in November 2015. She primarily serves as the Legal Advisor for the Kissimmee Police Department, but also assists the City Attorney’s Office on other issues when her help is requested. In addition, Mrs. Dorn facilitates the red light camera program.
Celia Thacker Dorn