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Assistant City Attorney The candidate receives direction from Chief Assistant City Attorney. Provides a wide range of professional legal services to the Mayor, City Council, City Manager, City departments, and various boards and commissions of the City of Peoria. Currently, the General Counsel Section is assigned specific departments for purposes of primary representation. These include the following departments: Planning and Community Development; Finance; Engineering and Development; and Community Services. Additionally, the representation includes the following Boards and Commissions: Planning and Zoning Commission; Parks and Recreation Board; and Historic Preservation Commission. Manages staff by planning and prioritizing tasks, ensuring policy and procedure compliance, recommending changes and adjustments, and monitoring staff performance and development. Advises City Council, management, and department staff and Boards and Commissions on legal questions and procedures in various aspects of municipal law. Initiates, negotiates and drafts agreements, development agreements, franchise agreements, leases, contract ordinances, contracts, and other legal documents and / or memoranda; reviews procurement contracts and bids. Analyzes, evaluates and legally resolves issues. Drafts documents, such as resolutions, ordinances, licenses, easements, letters, escrow accounts and agreements, etc. Establishes and accomplishes yearly goals and objectives (and training plan) and meets yearly Continuing Legal Education course requirements. May represent City in assigned areas of practice in state and federal courts and, if applicable, before boards, commissions, and administrative bodies. Investigates case allegations. Prepares written legal positions, conducts research, and prepares supporting memoranda. May prepare witnesses for depositions, trial, and / or administrative hearings so that they are comfortable testifying and understand the procedure. Takes depositions and other sworn testimony relating to on-going cases. Tries cases. May provide Risk Prevention advice. Advises the Claims Coordinator, the City Attorney, and the Chief Assistant City Attorney regarding liability claims, which includes providing input for settlement. May attend Executive Session with the City Attorney or Senior Deputy.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have a J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school. Must have 6+ years of related experience. Requires broad knowledge of complex systems and procedures. Membership in good standing in the State Bar of Arizona is required. Should have admission to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals within three months of hire (Litigation Assignment). Admission to the US District Court for the District of Arizona within three months of hire (Litigation Duty Assignment) is needed. Experience in a municipal or government setting is desired. Prior supervisory experience is preferred.
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