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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.


(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 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 public.

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 Oregon.


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.


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.

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