DEPARTMENT:  County Attorney


This is a professional position that assists the County Attorney and the Deputy County Attorney in providing legal advice to the Indian River County Board of County Commissioners (“Board”), the County Administrator, County Departments, and other County boards and advisory committees as needed.   The Assistant County Attorney reports directly to the County Attorney.


  • Provides legal advice to the Board, County Administrator, and other departments and committees as needed.
  • Prepares or reviews contracts, letters, memoranda, agenda items, ordinances, resolutions, and leases for Departments as assigned.
  • Attends County Commission meetings and Committee Meetings as assigned.
  • Reviews, negotiates, and drafts real estate agreements and participates in real estate closings.
  • Oversees public records production and assists County personnel in responding to public records requests to ensure proper assertion of any lawful exemptions and compliance with the laws.
  • Responds to citizen inquiries pertaining to County government.
  • Serves as Attorney representing the County in such diverse areas as utilities, finance, procurement, personnel, public works, labor/employment law, public service, land use, zoning, and administration.
  • Assists with or prepares assigned State and Federal cases for trial including all aspects thereof; tries cases and appeals unsatisfactory adverse judgments to other courts.
  • Performs other job functions as required.



An applicant must have a Juris Doctor degree and have at least two (2) years of work experience in either: federal, state, or local government; or experience with a federal, state, or local government agency; or experience within the private practice of law with emphasis on local government law.

Applicants with experience in procurement, real estate and contract drafting are encouraged to apply, but it is not mandatory.

Licenses, Certifications or Registrations:

  • Must possess a valid Florida driver’s license.
  • Must be a member in good standing of the Florida Bar Association.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:

The successful applicant will have a diligent work ethic and be a team player in a small office setting. 

Must possess a good working knowledge of Office 365 and legal research software. 

Knowledge of agenda software such as Granicus is helpful.

Knowledge of computers and job-related software programs.

Knowledge of judicial procedures and the methods and practices of legal research.

Knowledge of State statutory and State and Federal constitutional law and their application to County operations and ordinances.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other departments, various agencies, and the general public.

Ability to learn the organization, functions and authority of the various County departments and constitutional officers.

Ability to read and comprehend legal documents, statutes, ordinances, technical and professional journals and manuals, abstracts, and financial reports.

Ability to write legal documents, business letters, summaries, opinions, etc. using prescribed formats.

Ability to deal tactfully and effectively with County officials, employees, court officials, attorneys, and general public.

Ability to speak in public to the County Commissioners during Board meetings.

Ability to effectively manage and resolve conflict while mitigating liability and risk to the County.

Ability to represent the interests of the County in court.

Skill in conducting research on complex legal problems and preparing sound legal opinions.

Salary:  Salary is negotiable, dependent upon experience, and is complemented by an excellent benefits package.  The current annual salary range is $82,764 – $137,997.  Indian River County is a member of the Florida Retirement System. 

To Apply: A completed Indian River County Government application, resume, and a recent representative writing sample are required.  The position will remain open until filled. For additional information and to apply online, go to: Indian River County – Assistant County Attorney Posting

If you have any questions, please contact the Indian River County Human Resources Department, Attn: Shelley Nowlin, 1800 27th Street, Building B, Vero Beach, FL  32960, (772) 226-1449, or at


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 that are a logical assignment to the position.