ASSISTANT COUNTY COUNSEL
Pay Range GC26C
This classification performs professional legal services for county elected officials, department heads and staff. Counsel provides advice to county boards, prepares formal and informal legal opinions, contracts and procurement documents, Board of Commissioner ordinances, resolutions and orders; performs code enforcement; prosecutes in-house litigation.
EXAMPLES OF PRINCIPAL DUTIES
(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples.)
1. Provide legal
opinions to the Board of Commissioners, elected officials,
department heads and administrative staff on questions of the
law or policy involved in operation of department; answer
questions; prepare recommended interpretation outlining facts
and applicable law; attend Board of Commissioners and advisory
board meetings; provide legal advice to county boards such as
Planning Commission; represent assigned departments in
specific legal areas.
2. Draft, review and
approve ordinances, resolutions, formal orders, contracts,
procurement documents and other legal documents prepared for
signature by the Board of Commissioners and other county
officials. Ensure compliance with contract and County policy.
3. Prosecute and
defend actions and proceedings in which the county is a party;
represent county in litigation in circuit, small claims and
tax court, in appeals to the Court of Appeals and Supreme
Court, in federal district and bankruptcy court and before
state agencies such as Land Use Board of Appeals, Department
of Revenue, Employment Division, Employment Appeals Board and
Bureau Of Labor and Industries.
4. Review county policies and develop procedures and regulations. Ensure policy, procedure, and regulations are consistent with the law and administratively sound.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY REQUIRED BY THIS POSITION
Knowledge of: Thorough knowledge of legal principles, procedures, terminology, civil laws, municipal government law, forms, legal analysis and courtroom and trial procedures; thorough knowledge of civil laws, administrative regulations and case law; thorough knowledge of administrative hearings, courtroom and trial procedures including state, federal, trial and appellate courts and Oregon rules of evidence. Skill and ability in: Courtroom proceedings; writing clear and concise contracts, ordinances and legal documents. Ability to:
Communicate effectively and persuasively in oral and written
forms; conduct complex legal research and set forth findings of
fact and decisions in concise and persuasive written form; analyze
facts, evidence, and precedents to arrive at logical conclusions;
adjust to priority changes, remain calm and use good judgment
during confrontational or high pressure situations; effectively
negotiate cases with other attorneys ; work independently, make
decisions independently in accordance with established policy and
procedures, establish new policies when applicable, and use
initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibility;
courteously meet and deal effectively with Board of Commissioners,
other employees, elected officials, department heads, other agency
representatives, advisory boards, attorneys, courts, and the
Education, experience and training:
Doctor of Jurisprudence degree and two years progressively
responsible work experience as an attorney. At time of
appointment, must be a member of the Oregon Bar Association and
should be admitted to the U.S. District Court for the District of
SUPERVISORY CONTROLS OVER THIS POSITION
This classification works with policy guidance from the County Counsel. Responsibilities are fulfilled under broad policy guidelines provided by the department head.
Work is performed within established department policy and procedures; federal, state and county statutes, rules, regulations and ordinances; Rules of Professional Ethics; Court procedures and rules; Oregon Court of Appeals and Supreme Court case precedents; Oregon Bar Association reference material and accepted procedures within legal profession. Incumbent has to remain current on guidelines and uses seasoned judgment in interpreting guidelines and contributes to modifications of existing guidelines by recommending changes or adapting guidelines to problems encountered.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT
Regular and consistent
attendance required. Work is performed in an office or courtroom setting; work is generally sedentary and requires hearing voice conversation and keyboarding.