The City of Margate (pop. 57,961) is located in southeastern Florida only 7.5 miles west of the Atlantic Ocean. The City is widely known for its exceptional home-town quality of life, delivery of excellent municipal services, and many recognitions and awards. The City has a City Commission/City Manager form of government, with a five-member Commission elected “at large” to four-year terms.  The City Attorney, City Manager, and City Clerk report to and serve at the pleasure of the City Commission. The City has approximately 500 employees and an FY 2018 total budget of $131 million, which includes a $69 million General Fund budget.


The City Attorney serves as the legal officer and prosecutor for the City and is the chief legal advisor to the City Commission, City Manager, all City Departments, offices, and agencies.  The ideal candidate will be a strong, approachable leader with a collaborative management style. This individual must possess a thorough knowledge of legal principles and concepts related to local government law and have the ability to handle administrative, trial and appellate work.


The successful candidate must communicate effectively, handle several assignments concurrently, maintain security and confidentiality, and develop and maintain effective working relationships. The City Attorney should be confident, accessible, and work well with other departments and agencies, both internal and external to the organization. Graduation from an accredited college of law and a license to practice law in the State of Florida is required.


At least ten (10) years of progressively responsible legal experience with an emphasis in municipal and civil law is needed. Florida municipal experience and knowledge of the Broward County Elected Official Code of Ethics is preferred. Experience in legal areas such as Appellate, Constitutional, Land Use/Zoning, Purchasing, Forfeitures, Police/Law Enforcement, Environmental, Open/Public Records, Contracts, and Labor/Employment Law, including litigation and transactional law, is needed.


The salary range is open, dependent upon qualifications and is accompanied by an excellent benefits package.


Résumé review will begin February 12, 2018; position is open until filled. To apply for this excellent opportunity, visit and apply online. Questions may be directed to S. Renée Narloch, President, S. Renée Narloch & Associates, (850) 391-0000 or A detailed brochure is available. The City of Margate is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Pursuant to Florida's broad Public Records/Sunshine laws, applications and résumés are subject to public disclosure.