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ProfileLegal Counsel The candidate: Provides oral and written advice to County departments, service districts, various boards and commissions, County officers and elected officials on a wide range of legal issues. Responds to inquiries of other government bodies and private citizens regarding County regulations and efforts. Both independently and under the direction of senior legal staff, assists in the prosecution and defense of legal actions, suits and other proceedings regarding general civil litigation, employment litigation, code enforcement, and general municipal law on behalf of the County. Represents the County in administrative proceedings and, on occasion, in state and federal court. Attends public meetings and work sessions and assists with public relations and media issues. Interprets Federal, State and local legislation, statutes, rules and regulations and researches, studies and interprets the application of laws, court decisions and other legal authorities and precedents. Prepares legal opinions, memoranda and briefs. Reviews and makes recommendations to senior legal staff on proposed policy or procedural changes. Analyzes, researches, drafts and/or revises ordinances, resolutions, contracts, agreements, leases, deeds and other legal documents. Prepares and analyzes proposed state and federal legislation affecting County operations for review by senior legal staff; advises and reports to senior legal staff on any relevant impact to County departments or operations. Interacts, confers and negotiates with local government officials, city and county counsels, attorneys general, and private attorneys regarding County legal matters, including preparing and negotiating contracts and agreements with private parties, outside agencies and governments. Researches, reviews, negotiates, assists with and ensures compliance with applicable federal, state and local governmental regulations, including environmental requirements, land use permits, federal regulatory permits, operational compliance, and clean-up of environmentally sensitive sites. Negotiates, prepares and assists in financial transactions including loans, credit facilities, debentures, general and revenue bond financings and ensures compliance with all applicable state and federal public finance statutes and regulations. Evaluates public meetings and public records requests and exemptions. Develops and conducts training of County officials and staff on legal issues. Provides back-up legal services to other assigned specialties.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate must be active member of the Oregon State Bar in good standing prior to appointment. If you are currently licensed in another state, for information about the reciprocity process, please visit the Oregon State Bar Admissions website. Should have a JD degree from an accredited law school. Must have 7+ years of relevant or transferable experience in providing legal counsel; research and writing; client interactions and providing advice on a multitude of legal issues. Should preferably be expertise in government law, general contract drafting and negotiation, transactional and real property, municipal finance, special districts, public contracting, and/or bankruptcy. Experience with Federal, State and local statutes, regulations, rules and ordinances applicable to county or Oregon municipal activities and functions, including municipal liability, public meetings, contracts, public records, and/or principles and techniques of negotiation is a plus. Should preferably have experience with the organization of County government; county ordinances, rules and policies; department policies and procedures; and liability and risk management principles.
Application deadline: February 27, 2018.
Job ID: 104522
Clackamas County Counsel
2051 Kaen Road
Oregon City, OR 97045