HERNANDO COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS JOB DESCRIPTION

Job TitleAssistant County AttorneyPay Grade15Class CodeO102
DepartmentCounty Attorney’s OfficeSalary Range$87,376.00-$115,704.00Annually
Reports toCounty Attorney / Deputy County AttorneyFLSAExempt
Bargaining UnitNoneRevisionMay 2024

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Provides legal counsel and advice on matters of government law to various County departments, as assigned.
  • Prosecutes and defends all civil cases, as assigned. Such cases may include but are not limited to code enforcement, zoning appeals, eminent domain, inverse condemnation, animal control matters, contract disputes, labor disputes, bond validation, civil rights, and declaration actions, injunctions at the local level as well as any appeals that may follow, or cases in Federal Court.
  • Prepares briefs, pleadings, and other legal documents and supervises necessary investigations, including interviewing witnesses. Tries cases and appeals adverse judgments to higher courts. Researches, performs discovery, and prepares for trials and appeals.
  • Prepares or reviews ordinances, resolutions, contracts, leases, and memoranda as assigned by County Attorney and Deputy County Attorney, and Paralegal Director. Negotiates terms and conditions of contracts and agreements.
  • Advises officials and employees on legal questions and prepares legal opinions for County Attorney and Deputy County Attorney. Researches and gathers facts, checks investigation reports, reviews files, answers correspondence, prepares responses to legal requests.
  • Insures that the County Attorney and Deputy County Attorney are fully advised on all legal matters. Prepares client for Court. Works with minimal supervision, handles complex tasks.
  • Attends Board of County Commissioners’ meetings as assigned.     Explains and interprets ordinances and statutes. Provides advice concerning legal questions within the operating departments.
  • Attends meetings of County appointed boards, and council, and authorities as assigned. Provides legal advice and representation as assigned.
  • Participates in the preparation and presentation of seminars on various legal issues.
JOB REQUIREMENTS:
EducationGraduation from an accredited college or university school of law and possession of Juris Doctorate.
  ExperienceA minimum of five years of experience in the practice of law, with experience in federal, state or local government or agency or within the private practice of law with emphasis on local government law, real estate, eminent domain or any other county related matters to include extensive trial practice/experience.
  SkillsAbility to complete a project from beginning to end. Ability to meet and deal with the general public, staff and Board Members to assist in resolving County related legal matters. Ability to use tact and good judgment.
Licenses, Certifications or RegistrationsCurrent member of the Florida Bar. Eligible for admittance in Federal Courts and U.S. Court of Appeals.
  • Knowledge of civil pleadings and effective techniques in the trial of such cases.
  • Knowledge of matter pertaining to local government and administrative practice.
  • Ability to attend County Commission meetings, administrative staff meetings, advisory board meetings, or other assigned meetings, upon a request to render advice on legal problems/concerns and questions of law.
  • Ability to meet with citizens, county officials and/or Commissioners regarding items of public concern.
  • Ability to review agenda items and/or proposed departmental policies/procedures and offer sound legal advice.
  • Ability to analyze complex legal issues, facts, evidence, and precedents in moderately complex cases and to present such materials effectively in oral or written form.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret complex legal documents and instruments.
  • Ability to perform assignments with minimal supervision and guidance.
  • Ability to prepare contracts, court presentations, and other legal documents.
  • Ability to deal tactfully and effectively with County officials and personnel, court officials and personnel, and the public.
  • Ability to draft complaints, orders, motions, respond to discovery, request discovery, resolutions, contracts, interrogatories and other legal documents.
  • Ability to answer complaints, interrogatories and other legal documents.
  • Ability to prepare for trial, such as requesting proper witnesses, reviewing case law and preparing for all possible scenarios.
  • Ability to work proficiently in stressful situations.

Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability.

To apply please visit www.hernandocounty.us