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City Attorney (Open Positions: 1)


Closes On: August 25, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST

Location: City Hall, West Melbourne, FL 32904
Department: Legal
Job Status: Full-Time
Rate of Pay: $114,056 - $182,489
Position Type: Full-Time
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Job Description

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to execute each essential job function satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions herein described.  Since every duty associated with this position may not be described herein, employees may be required to perform duties not specifically spelled out in the job description, but which may be reasonably considered to be incidental in the performing of their duties just as though they were actually written out in this job description.

JOB SUMMARY

The City Attorney acts as the legal advisor to, and attorney and counselor for, the City and all of its officers in matters relating to their official duties.  The City Attorney is responsible for the City’s representation in all legal proceedings and performs any other duties prescribed by law, the City Charter, or assigned by the City Council. The City Attorney serves at the pleasure of the City Council, and may be appointed and removed from office by the affirmative vote of at least four (4) members of the Council.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS  

  • Overseeing all of the legal affairs of the City and directing all legal aspects of the City’s operations.
  • Providing legal advice and counsel to the Mayor, City Council, City Manager, City boards and committees, department directors and other employees, with a focus on solving and preventing problems.
  • Serving as a key partner and leader within the City’s management team working collaboratively to resolve challenges affecting the broader context of municipal operation.
  • Attending all meetings of the City Council, Board of Adjustment, Code Enforcement Board, and Planning & Zoning Board to act as legal advisor, ensure compliance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations, and to make presentations and participate in discussions as appropriate.
  • Preparing ordinances, resolutions, and items for action at City Council meetings.
  • Representing the City in litigation and administrative proceedings; preparing pleadings, discovery documents, motions, and briefs; planning legal strategy in litigation matters; monitoring and coordinating with outside counsel regarding insurance defense litigation on behalf of the City; securing and directing legal services provided by outside counsel as necessary.
  • Preparing, negotiating, and reviewing agreements, contracts, bonds, easements, and other legal documents.
  • Conducting or directing legal research; preparing legal opinions and memoranda; making recommendations concerning the amendment, repeal, or revision of existing codes, ordinances, and policies.
  •  Providing legal advice, representation, and support to the West Melbourne Police Department, including risk protection orders and forfeitures.
  • Directing and supervising subordinate staff in a manner conducive to high performance and morale.
  • Preparing and administering the Legal Department’s budget.
  • Performing other duties prescribed by law, the City Charter, or as assigned and directed by the City Council.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience:

Juris Doctorate degree.

Lawyer admitted in and having authority to practice in all courts of the State of Florida and in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Ten (10) years of experience as an attorney with at least five (5) years of experience of local government experience required and more extensive municipal law practice preferred.

Experience as a legal advisor to a governing body in a comparable organization, or as deputy/assistant in a larger jurisdiction in Florida.

Special Qualifications:

Valid Florida Driver’s License with acceptable driving record.

Member in good standing of the State Bar of Florida.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of and the ability to demonstrate competence in a broad range of municipal legal issues including: land use, environmental, code administration, law enforcement, labor and employee relations, contracts, construction law and utilities.
  • Skilled in developing new legislation to implement the policies of the City Council.
  • Ability to provide legal guidance to the City Council.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The position is classified as light work which requires exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force to move objects. Additional physical abilities required:

  • Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make the discrimination in sound.
  • Mental Acuity: Ability to make rational decisions through sound logic and deductive processes.
  • Speaking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word including the ability to convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately and concisely.
  • Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word including those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
  • Visual Acuity: Have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; and/or extensive reading.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

Work performed frequently requires incumbent to make decisions that could lead to major community or organizational consequences if appropriate decision is not made.

This job description is not intended to be and should not be construed as an all-inclusive list of all the responsibilities, skills or working conditions associated with the position.  While it is intended to accurately reflect the position activities and requirements, management reserves the right to modify, add or remove duties and assign other duties as necessary.  This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

 

The City of West Melbourne is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  In compliance with the American’s with Disabilities Act, the City of West Melbourne will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

 

E.O.E.  The City of West Melbourne prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. 


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