City Attorney's Office
The City Attorney’s Office serves as general legal counsel to the Board of Aldermen, the City Administrator, and all City Departments. This office houses both the civil and criminal divisions of the legal department for the City.
The City Attorney’s Office provides both civil and criminal legal services for the City of Ozark. Civil law services include but are not limited to: drafting city ordinances, drafting contracts, conducting legal research, representing the City in civil court proceedings, and attending Board of Aldermen Meetings. Criminal law services include representing the City as the Prosecutor in the Ozark Municipal Court by handling Arraignments and Pre-Trial Conferences and conducting Trials.
The City Attorney’s Office is available to speak to classes and organizations on a variety of topics. While we cannot provide legal advice to citizens, we genuinely appreciate the opportunity to connect with the community by teaching a variety of topics related to local government and laws. If you wish to request the City Attorney’s Office to speak at your organizations' meeting, please contact us.
Amanda Callaway – City Attorney
Amanda Callaway is a southwest Missouri native and joined the City of Ozark in November of 2017. She graduated from Drury University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in both English and Writing. After graduating from Drury, Amanda attended the University of Missouri School of Law. She graduated in 2009 with a Juris Doctorate Degree and a Certificate in Dispute Resolution. Amanda comes to the City of Ozark from the City of Springfield, Missouri, where she was an Assistant City Attorney for eight years. Amanda is licensed to practice law in Missouri and the United States District Court Western District of Missouri. Amanda is a member of the Missouri Bar Association, Christian County Bar Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Immediate Past President of the Southern Missouri Women Lawyers.
Bethany Hirsch – Paralegal
Bethany Hirsch has been with the City of Ozark for the past three years in the capacity of the Municipal Assistant Court Clerk. However more recently, she has taken on a new role within the Law Department, as the new City of Ozark Paralegal. Along with this role, she has shown initiative by furthering her education with Drury University and streamlining the Ozark Municipal Court with the new statewide court system.
Bethany has been happily married for the past nine years and has two daughters in elementary school. Every evening she enjoys sitting on her front porch and watching the sunset over the hills with her family and three dogs.
The best part of working in Ozark is how comforting and small town-like it is compared to other places she has worked. She enjoys the people that she works with so much more because of the pleasant nature of this community and the on-going growth she has witnessed in the past few years. The City of Ozark has some of the best and kindest people she knows and respects. Bethany looks forward to a long and successful career with the City of Ozark.
Rachel Underwood – Municipal Court Clerk
Rachel Underwood is the new Municipal Clerk for the Ozark Municipal Court. Rachel previously worked as a paralegal for Christopher A. Hazelrigg in Springfield, Missouri for thirteen years, and then worked as a Court Specialist in the Branson Municipal Court prior to starting her new position with the City of Ozark.
Rachel’s family moved to Ozark when she was just five-years-old, and she loves her hometown so much that she raised her children here as well. Most of Rachel’s family resides in Ozark too. Rachel’s father has owned and operated Custom Furniture Upholstery for many years, her sister is a co-owner at Huckabella in downtown Ozark, and her in-laws have owned operated Active Septic Service in Ozark for more than thirty years. Rachel has always dreamed of working in
Ozark too and utilizing her skills to have a positive impact on her community, and this position allows her to do both.
Rachel has witnessed the many positive changes to the City of Ozark over the years. Rachel enjoys all that Ozark has to offer such as the Ozark Park, kayaking on the Finley River, the walking trails, the OC, shopping, and movies at B&B Theatres.
Janet Boone – Assistant Court Clerk
Janet Boone is our Assistant Court Clerk and works part-time. She has been with the Municipal Court for seven years. Janet retired from the Derby Kansas USD where she was an elementary school secretary for 20 years. She moved to Ozark to be close to her daughter and family and says she didn’t want to miss another day of watching her grandson and granddaughter grow up. Municipal Court is a busy place with a small staff working together. Janet enjoys the diversity of her job duties and is always open to improvements and ideas to make the office more efficient.