County Attorney

We provide user-friendly, quality legal services to our clients in a timely fashion. Our clients include:
  • Board of County Commissioners
  • Constitutional Officers
  • County Manager
  • County Departments
  • Library District
  • Metropolitan Transportation Planning Organization
  • Canvassing Board
  • Board-appointed committees
Primary Critical Functions
  • Legal advice, representation, and training
  • Reducing costs of claims against County
  • Collecting claims owed to County
  • Assisting in bidding/contracting
  • Enforcement of County Codes through Courts
  • Providing advice on land use
  • Advising on employment and labor matters
  • ​Sylvia E. Torres
  • Interim County Attorney
  • 12 SE 1st Street
  • Gainesville, FL 32601
  • Phone: 352-374-5218
  • Fax: 352-374-5216
  • TDD/TTY users, please call 711 (Florida Relay Service)


  • Sylvia Torres -  Interim County Attorney
  • Bob Swain - Sr. Assistant County Attorney
  • Michael Durham -  Sr. Assistant County Attorney
  • David Forziano -  Sr. Assistant County Attorney
  • Corbin Hanson - Assistant County Attorney

Support Staff

  • Eileen Hodges - Executive Legal Secretary
  • Kathy Niederloh - Paralegal
  • Mary Lowry - Legal Secretary
  • Mileka Glanville - Legal Secretary

Items of General Interest:
Alachua County v. Sheriff of Alachua County  (Case No. 2017-CA-000521)
On February 13, 2017, the County filed a Complaint for Declaratory Relief against the Sheriff. The County is seeking judicial opinions on three items:

1.    Whether the sheriff can move money between certain budgetary categories without going through the same process as the commission and other constitutional officers.
2.    Whether the commission can require the sheriff to separately account for expenditures from the Municipal Services Taxing Unit (MSTU) Law Enforcement.
3.    Does the sheriff have to code expenditures to specify if they were spent in incorporated or unincorporated areas.

     To view the County's Complaint click here.​ ​​
      To view the Sheriff's response click here.
Alachua County initiates Conflict Resolution Procedures against the City of Gainesville
The County and the City are not in agreement regarding the Finley Woods annexation, its impact and how best to address the County’s concerns. As a result, the Board chose to initiate the statutory conflict resolution process in an effort to resolve these concerns, which include the lack of compactness and creation of an enclave, as well as the practical issues regarding land use and transportation planning, transition of services, and how the annexation may affect the approved Finley Woods development. This is not litigation and no case has or will be filed without further action of the Board. A Conflict Assessment meeting between City and County staff has been scheduled for Monday, April 17, 2017 at 1:00 PM.

     To read the County's letter to the City of Gainesville initiating the conflict resolution process, click here

     To read Resolution 17-28, adopted February 28, 2017 as required by Florida Statute, click here.




Alachua County Lobbyist Registration

The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners Lobbying Ordinance requires registration of all lobbyists who engage in efforts to influence the Board of County Commissioners on matters within its official jurisdiction. Prior to engaging in lobbying, each lobbyist will be required to file with the Clerk of the Court a registration statement which contains general identification information as to the lobbyist and their client(s). Even if you lobby only on an occasional basis, it is important that you familiarize yourself with the lobbying rules. At this site, you will find links to the lobbying ordinance, registration form, and the lobbyist registry.

To view site please click here. ​​​​​​​