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Deputy City Attorney The candidate works under the supervision of the City Attorney, and performs advanced legal, administrative, and supervisory work. The attorney assigned to this position will supervise the Assistant City Attorneys assigned to them. This position may be designated to act on behalf of the Attorney, in the Attorney’s absence. The Deputy City Attorney also provides a wide range of professional legal services related to municipal government operations in a variety of civil and criminal matters; conducts legal research and prepares opinions, memoranda, contracts, ordinances and other legal documents; advises departments, and represents the City in a variety of litigation matters. Assists the Attorney in supervision of the Legal Department including Assistant City Attorneys, Municipal Prosecutors and support staff. Supervises the work of attorneys and administrative staff within the Legal Department, which includes prioritizing and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations; and maintain a safe work environment. Identifies opportunities for improvement; reviews with the City Attorney, and implements improvements. Maintains constant open communication with the City Attorney. Represent the organisation at various City council, board and commission meetings and in court as directed. Coordinates with City Attorney to handle and direct pending legal matters affecting the City of Brownsville. May be designated to act as the City Attorney in the City Attorneys absence. Responsible for the full range of supervisory activities including selection, training, evaluation, counseling, and recommendation for dismissal. Represents the organisation in litigation and legal proceedings. Provides legal advice and counsel to the City Manager, department heads, administrators and other City staff in their official capacities. Drafts, approves, and files legal opinions or objections to each ordinance before Commission action. Reviews and approves all documents, contracts and legal instruments in which the City may have an interest. Attends Commission meetings to provide legal advice and to maintain firsthand knowledge of policies. Reads and reviews statutes, legal opinions and other documents to maintain knowledge of local, state and federal legislation and jurisprudence affecting municipal operations, programs and activities. Adheres to assigned work schedule as outlined in the Department and City attendance policies and procedures. Prosecutes municipal court cases for the City, involving traffic, code enforcement, and class “C” cases. Perform other duties as assigned. Synthesizes or integrates analysis of data or information to discover facts or develop knowledge or interpretations; changes policies, procedures, or methodologies based on new facts, knowledge, or interpretations. Counsels or instructs others through explanation, demonstration, and supervised practice. Handles or uses machines that require moderate instruction and experience such as computers or software programs such as word processing, spreadsheets or custom applications. Performs work involving the application of principles of logical thinking and legal practices to diagnose or define problems, collects data and solves abstract problems with widespread unit or organizational impact. Reads and interprets professional materials involving advanced bodies of knowledge related to politics, economics, law, or other complex disciplines; writes extremely complex papers and reports; speaks to high level political, legal, or other professional groups. Uses advanced professional level work methods and practices in the analysis, coordination or interpretation of work of a legal nature and formulates important recommendations or decisions that have an organization wide impact; requires sustained, intense concentration for accurate results and continuous exposure to unusual pressure. Requires Juris Doctorate. Should have license to Practice Law in the State of Texas.
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