HIGHLANDS COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
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Title/(Status)/Job Code: County Attorney (1046)
Reports To: Board of County Commissioners
Pay Grade/Salary Range: PG-301 - Contract
Closing Date: Until Filled
INSTRUCTIONS: Completed applications for employment with Highlands County may be submitted in one of two ways:
- A printed job application submitted to our Human Resources department located at 600 S. Commerce Ave, Room B233, Sebring, FL 33870 (either in person or by mail; or
- Fax a printed application to (863) 402-6508.
Any qualified employee of the Board (see job description below for MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS) may request consideration for this position by submitting to Human Resources an approved Bid form. Employee bids and applications for this position may not be received after five o’clock (5) p.m. on the closing date stated above without the specific permission of Human Resources. **Please provide Florida Bar Association Number**
This is a highly responsible legal position that provides legal advice, counsel, and representation to the Board of County Commissioners, to all County departments and divisions, and to Highlands County Constitutional Officers as required. See contract for additional details.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
The following statements describe the principal functions of the job and its scope of responsibility but should not be considered an all-inclusive list of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.
- Responsible for the day to day operations of the County Attorney’s Office, including supervision of support staff.
- Represents all County departments and divisions over which the Board of County Commissioners has authority in all legal matters.
- Prosecutes and/or defends all litigation involving Highlands County and the Constitutional Offices as required, assigns litigation to either in-house or outside counsel as needed, and oversees the progress of all such litigation to its completion.
- Reviews, for purposes of determining legal sufficiency, all contracts and agreements prior to approval and execution by the Board of County Commissioners.
- Provides legal assistance to boards and committees as needed.
- Meets and confers with the Board of County Commissioners, departments directors, division managers, officials, and others who have legal issues or matters to be discussed or requests/complaints to be answered.
- Seeks legal opinions from Florida’s Attorney General, as directed by the Board, on issues of significant public importance to Highlands County.
- Prepares, at the Board’s direction, proposed ordinances and/or amendments to existing ordinances and conducts public hearings, as required, to facilitate the orderly adoption of such ordinances.
- Prepares, at the Board’s direction, or otherwise as required, resolutions for the Board’s consideration.
- Oversees work of outside Bond Counsel for Highlands County on all issues related to the issuance of bonds as required for the funding of Highlands County Capital Improvement projects.
- Represents the interests of the Board of County Commissioners and Highlands County on various boards and committees.
- Oversees legal issues and representation of specific County departments or divisions as necessary.
- Attends all Board of County Commissioners’ regular and special board meetings, workshops, retreats, budget sessions, closed sessions, conferences, and other meetings at the request and direction of the Board.
- Oversees the preparation and management of the County Attorney's budget.
- Maintains a professional and safe unit and work area adhering to established safety policies and the image desired for the organization.
- Follows consistently the Board policies and procedures.
- Performs such other duties as may be required by the Board of County Commissioners.
This is a Disaster Essential position. Meaning: Assisting Emergency Management Operations in the event of an emergency such as a hurricane.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge and experience as to a broad range of legal issues pertaining to local government law including, in particular, Florida’s Sunshine Law and Public Records Law.
• Knowledge and experience in the areas of general litigation, administrative hearings, and appeals.
• Ability to provide legal opinions and advice to the Board of County Commissioners in all areas of local government law.
• Ability to maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, managers, directors, Elected Officials, vendors, and the general public.
• Ability to communicate effectively with the public, business, and civic groups.
• Ability to present ideas and programs both orally and in writing.
• Highly developed legal writing skills.
The person in this position: Must be able to remain in a stationary position for 50% of the time. Must be able to frequently position self to reach files and other office items located on low shelves or the floor. Must be able to inspect and assess daily email and postal mail correspondence. Frequently communicates with the public, vendors, businesses, managers, directors, Administration, and the Board of County Commissioners. Must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations. Frequently operates various types of office equipment to include, but not limited to a computer and copy machine. Occasionally ascends/descends stairs. Rarely moves materials and office equipment weighing up to 25 lbs. Constantly works in an indoor environment. Rarely works in inclement outdoor weather conditions. Rarely operates motor vehicle for up to four (4) hours continuously or intermittently.
Graduation from an accredited four (4) year college/university with a Bachelor’s degree and graduation from an accredited law school with a Juris Doctor or equivalent degree. Membership in good standing with the Florida Bar Association (provide number). At least ten (10) years’ experience as a Florida attorney, including five (5) years of local government related law experience. (Preference for public sector related experience.)
Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to secure a valid Florida driver’s license at the time of employment.