City Attorney Job Description

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CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS

Under the administrative direction of the City Council, performs skilled administrative work serving as the chief legal officer for the City, City Management, and City department. The City Attorney supervises the staff of the City Attorney’s Office. The City Attorney  is responsible for providing legal representation to the City in accordance with federal, state, and municipal laws. The position is responsible for providing legal representation in the areas of labor, code enforcement, utilities, police and fire, finance and taxation, recreation, housing, purchasing, engineering, real property, land use and zoning, and other areas of municipal law.  Responsible for preparing and presenting cases in federal and state courts and administrative proceedings.  Is responsible for providing advice to City officers, board members, and staff with respect to legal considerations. Performs related work as required.

 

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

A.    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Provides legal advice, opinions, and representation for all City departments in matters involving litigation, administrative proceedings, public meetings, and other forums.

Plans, directs and supervises the activities of the professional clerical support staff of the City Attorney’s Office and outside special counsel.

Drafts legal documents, ordinances, resolutions, contracts, rules, regulations, and opinions; conducts research and compiles reports.

Drafts legislation for presentation to Legislature.

Advises police, fire, and code enforcement.

Attends City Council and board meetings, public meetings, and court hearings.

Performs real estate closings.

Represents the City and City Council in litigation and appeals in Federal and State courts.

Represents the City in collective bargaining and personnel matters.

Represents the City in bid, purchasing, and contract negotiation.


REQUIREMENTS

A.    TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

Undergraduate Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree and degree of Juris Doctorate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, supplemented by a minimum of  ten (10) years legal experience that includes administrative and local governmental law; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Of the ten (10) years legal experience requirement, five (5) years must be in Florida local government practice.

 

B.    SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Must be licensed by the State of Florida and a member of the Florida Bar.  Must obtain a valid Florida driver/operator’s license prior to employment.

In the event of a hurricane, major storm, natural or manmade disaster that may threaten the area, the employee will be required to perform emergency duties as directed.

Must be admitted to practice law in Florida and be a member of the Florida Bar; must be admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, and U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, within three (3) months of hiring.

 

C.    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Thorough knowledge of local, state, and federal constitutional and charter provisions, laws, rules, and regulations as applied to the activities and programs of municipal government.

Thorough knowledge of Florida and Federal court rules and procedures and the method and practice of pleading and of effective techniques in the presentation of cases..

Thorough knowledge of principles of law and ability to apply modern principles to municipal problems and of organization and management.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, local government employees, and the public.

Ability to prioritize tasks.

Ability to perform research utilizing a variety of data and information; compile records and reports.

Ability to draft legal documents, complex contracts, deeds, leases, easements, real property closing statements, agreements, ordinances, and resolutions.

Ability to work regularly scheduled hours, as well as additional meetings outside of regular working hours.

Ability to perform routine mathematical calculations with regard to legal documents, including the computation of interest, discounts, fractions and calculation of surface areas, volumes, and weights.

Ability to comprehend computer programs and word processing; ability to operate computer, printer, calculator, telephone, and copier.

D.    PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS

Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in English, orally and in writing.

Ability to hear and understand conversation in English in various tones of voice, as well as accents.

Ability to see, read, and comprehend letters, numbers, characters, symbols, and words which are in English.

Ability to work and solve problems under pressure and stress with extreme accuracy.

Ability to walk, stand, climb, stoop, kneel, crouch and sit for periods longer than 30 minutes.

Ability to record and deliver information and to follow and give verbal and written instructions. Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in a variety of technical or professional languages including legal, and governmental terminology.

Ability to inspect items for proper length, width and shape, visually with office equipment and recording devices.

Ability to coordinate hand and eyes in using automated office equipment and to operate
motor vehicles.

Ability to lift, carry, push, or pull items which weigh up to 15 pounds.

Ability to work in small or partially enclosed areas.

This job description is not intended to be and should not be construed as an all inclusive list of all the responsibilities, skills or working conditions associated with the position. While it is intended to accurately reflect the position activities and requirements, management reserves the right to modify, add or remove duties and assign other duties as necessary. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.


Revision Date - 8/21/2014