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First Assistant City Attorney The candidate will perform advanced professional legal services for the City day to day operations including, open meetings, public information, elections, implementing city council resolutions and ordinances, litigation, administrative hearing, contract negotiation, employment matters, and real estate transactions. Represents the interests of the City before courts and administrative agencies. Provides legal advice to City staff, boards, and commissions. Prepares, reviews, and negotiates contracts and other legal documents. Prepares, reviews, and approves ordinances, resolutions, council materials and motions. Perform complex, accurate and timely legal research, and prepare formal legal opinions, briefs, memorandums, and correspondence in response to questions and issues presented to the City Attorney's office from the City Council, City Manager, boards, commissions, City departments, and the public. Provides legal interpretation of statutes, ordinances and codes to police and other enforcement personnel. Attends meetings and conferences as required by the requesting department, board, or commission concerning problems or issues; confers by telephone with officials, department heads, and the general public. Coordinates the administrative activities of various or specific divisions of the departments as assigned by the City Attorney. Prepares and presents information for public release in regard to various activities of the department. Advises and assists the City Attorney in the performance of the duties of the office and in developing departmental programs and policies. Serves as legal counsel during City Council Meetings in the absence of the City Attorney. Performs other legal duties as directed and assigned by the City Attorney to resolve legal issues involving the organization to include serving as Acting City Attorney as required. Performs other related duties as required.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate must have Doctorate of Jurisprudence from an accredited law school and 4+ years practicing as a licensed attorney. Progressively responsible professional experience working for a local government entity or private firm representing municipalities is preferred. Possession of a certificate of admission to the Bar of the State of Texas and eligibility to practice law before all courts of the State of Texas is required. Must have knowledge of the principles of civil or criminal law, the methods and practices of pleading, and the statutory provisions related to the authority and operation of municipalities. Should have knowledge of City, State, Federal, and common law, and constitution law affecting the City government. Must have knowledge of the City resolutions and charter provisions relating to the authority and functions of the County departments. Should have knowledge of the judicial procedures and rules of evidence. Must have knowledge of established precedents and source of legal reference applicable to City activities. Should have ability to analyze and prepare a variety of legal documents. Must have ability to conduct research on legal problems and to prepare legal opinions. Should have ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Must have ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, City officials, and the general public. Should have ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing in the English language. Must have ability to maintain good health and physical condition sufficient to permit the full performance of the duties of the position.
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