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City Attorney The candidate: Receives policy direction and guidance from the Mayor and City Council. Directs the activities of legal, administrative, professional and clerical staff. Attends all Council meetings and, when appropriate, meetings of boards and commissions for the purpose of learning policies underlying official action and giving advice on legal implications involved, including advice as to alternative legal and administrative approaches to the solution of major City issues. Provides sound legal advice and prompt legal services to the City Council, Mayor, City Manager, Department Directors and other officials of City government within the established budget and time constraints. Prepares legal opinions for City officials, departments, boards, commissions and the City Council. Proactively addresses needs for legal advice and legal services. Keeps informed of proposed state and federal legislation affecting the City government. Files and defends all suits, actions, or causes where the City is a party and reports to the Council, when required, the condition of any suit or action to which the City is a party. Represents the City at trials and appeals before courts of higher jurisdiction. Hires and supervises outside counsel when necessary and appropriate. Drafts or reviews deeds, contracts, conveyances, ordinances, resolutions, and other legal instruments when required by the Council or requested by the City Manager. Approves or disapproves as to form, in writing, all documents submitted to the City Attorney. Oversees the selection of personnel for the City Attorney’s Office; participates in establishing and monitoring employee performance objectives; prepares and presents employee performance reviews; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline procedures. Ensures that budget, technology, training and facilities are sufficient so that personnel are able to perform their assigned duties. Builds relationships and effective networks with peers in neighboring communities; joins and participates in national and state municipal attorney organizations; attends and presents at legal seminars and conferences; encourages all personnel in the City Attorney’s Office to be City Attorney. Should have JD or equivalent degree from an accredited law school. Must have 10+ years of progressively responsible legal experience with at least three years’ experience as a practicing attorney performing legal and trial work comparable to that of a City Attorney, preferably in a state, county or local government setting. Licenses/Certifications/Special Requirements: Licensed to practice law in the State of Arizona and membership in good standing in the State Bar of Arizona (or the qualifications to gain admission promptly).
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