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Government and Government Relations Attorney in Santa Fe, NM

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Company name

City of Santa Fe, New Mexico

Organization Type


Job Type


Practice Area

Government and Government Relations

Years of Experience

Min 1 yrs required


Santa Fe, NM

Date Last Verified

May 07,2018

Posted on

Apr 11,2018

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City Attorney Duties: Performs managerial and professional duties as required to carry out the efficient and effective litigation of civil or criminal cases and the ongoing legal processes of city government. Serves as the lead city legal advisor in all civil and criminal matters. Serves as the lead city legal advisor in all civil and criminal matters. Works under the general supervision of the Mayor and/or City Manager. Provides broad policy guidance and direction to Assistant City Attorney(s) and temporary and contract staff.Acts as a city principal legal advisor; directs the ongoing legal processes of the city and delegates projects and cases to subordinate attorney(s); attends city council meetings to advise on procedures, issues, projects and cases; attends various advisory, committee and commission meetings to provide legal assistance; apprises and advises elected and other city officers on questions pertaining to legal duties of such officer(s); takes the lead and serves as the first-line contact for legal processes and functions; represents the city in the enforcement of municipal ordinances in Municipal and district court; generally oversees criminal prosecution cases. Performs legal research, makes recommendations and prepares legal opinions for the city manager, mayor and council; provides legal support in areas related to procurement, land acquisitions, land use codes, personnel actions, water law issues, etc.; represents the city and appears in court to secure and maintain legal rights, privileges, and ownership; serves as defense counsel on issues related to appeals on planning and zoning issues; directs, supervises and/or contracts the prosecution of all DUI/DWI citations and various code violations. Prepares and administers legal department budget; assures that assigned areas of responsibility are performed within budget; performs cost control activities; monitors revenues and expenditures in assigned area to assure sound fiscal control; prepares annual budget requests; assures effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities, and time. Drafts all ordinances, contracts, leases, conveyances and all instruments of writing as may be required by the governing body or city manager; performs contract management; monitors the administrative processing of agreements proposed to be entered into by the city; conducts legal review and analysis; writes contracts, establishes contract templates; oversees tracking and numbering of contracts and monitors contract status and disposition; writes opinions and legal directives; initiates sanctions and exercises legal processes for the collection of outstanding revenues or obligations owed to the city. Drafts and conducts legal review of proposed legislation to update or amend city resolutions and ordinances as requested; renders and publishes public opinion as to form of proposed resolutions and ordinances; initiates sanctions and exercises legal processes for the collection of outstanding revenues or obligations owed to the city. Reviews and investigates claims; determines legitimacy of claims in cooperation with Self-Insurers Fund; negotiates settlements of claims filed against the city for actions arising out of the course of conducting city business or providing city services; promotes timely settlement to avoid costly litigation as much as is possible; causes executions to be issued on all judgments in favor of the city and attends to their prompt collection. Participates in pretrial conferences and attends municipal court; negotiates for mutually agreeable solutions and charges; makes recommendations for sentences and represents the city in show cause hearings; conducts investigation of complaints determines quality of the case and whether or not evidence is sufficient to proceed with prosecution. Performs related duties as assigned.

Qualification and Experience

Qualification: The candidate should have Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited college or university. Must have knowledge of federal, state and local laws and ordinances (as they apply to city government and its operation); legal procedures including the rules of civil and criminal procedure and evidence; the principles, methods, materials and practices used in legal research; case law related to a variety of city government subjects; criminal law issues. Considerable skill in the art of diplomacy and cooperative problem solving. Skill in the operation of PC Computer, calculator, fax machine, copy machine, telephone is essential. Must have license to practice law in the State of New Mexico.

Deadline: May 9, 2018

Additional info

Reference: 2018-276 Send resume.

Company info

Peter Dwyer
City Attorney
City of Santa Fe, New Mexico
P.O. Box 909
Santa Fe, NM 87504-0909
Fax: 505-955-6810