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Board Attorney The candidate will provide 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. Will be responsible for the day to day operations of the County Attorneyâ€™s Office, including supervision of support staff. Represent all County departments and divisions over which the Board of County Commissioners has authority in all legal matters. Prosecute and/or defend 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. Review, for purposes of determining legal sufficiency, all contracts and agreements prior to approval and execution by the Board of County Commissioners. Provide legal assistance to boards and committees as needed. Meet and confer 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. Seek legal opinions from Floridaâ€™s Attorney General, as directed by the Board, on issues of significant public importance to Highlands County. Prepare, at the Boardâ€™s direction, proposed ordinances and/or amendments to existing ordinances and conducts public hearings, as required, to facilitate the orderly adoption of such ordinances. Prepare, at the Boardâ€™s direction, or otherwise as required, resolutions for the Boardâ€™s consideration. Oversee 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. Represent the interests of the Board of County Commissioners and Highlands County on various boards and committees. Oversee legal issues and representation of specific County departments or divisions as necessary. Attend all Board of County Commissionersâ€™ regular and special board meetings, workshops, retreats, budget sessions, closed sessions, conferences, and other meetings at the request and direction of the Board. Oversee the preparation and management of the County Attorney's budget. Maintain a professional and safe unit and work area adhering to established safety policies and the image desired for the organization. Follow consistently the Board policies and procedures. Perform such other duties as may be required by the Board of County Commissioners. Must have graduation from an accredited four year college/university with a Bachelorâ€™s degree and graduation from an accredited law school with a Juris Doctor or equivalent degree. Should have membership in good standing with the Florida Bar Association (provide number). Should have 10+ years of experience as a Florida attorney, including 5 years of local government related law experience (Preference for public sector related experience). Knowledge and experience as to a broad range of legal issues pertaining to local government law including, in particular, Floridaâ€™s Sunshine Law and Public Records Law, and experience in the areas of general litigation, administrative hearings, and appeals is required. Should have the ability to: provide legal opinions and advice to the Board of County Commissioners in all areas of local government law; maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, managers, directors, Elected Officials, vendors, and the general public.
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