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JOB TITLE: County Attorney

SALARY: Salary dependent on qualifications and experience

This is an Unclassified/Exempt position

DESCRIPTION:  

This position performs managerial and professional duties as required to carry out the efficient and effective litigation of civil or criminal cases and ongoing legal processes of County government.  Serves as the lead County legal advisor in all civil and criminal matters.

Taos County is now accepting applicants for: 

JOB TITLE: County Attorney

SALARY: Salary dependent on qualifications and experience 

This is an Unclassified/Exempt position

DESCRIPTION:  

This position performs managerial and professional duties as required to carry out the efficient and effective litigation of civil or criminal cases and ongoing legal processes of County government.  Serves as the lead County legal advisor in all civil and criminal matters.

Packets of Interest will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 17, 2017

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume and three professional letters of reference

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

A Juris Doctorate degree from and American Bar Association accredited law school and be licensed in New Mexico

AND

Eight (8) years directly related experience

Thorough knowledge of federal, state and local laws and ordinances; legal administrative procedures including the rules of civil and criminal procedure and evidence; the principles, methods, materials and practices used in legal research; New Mexico Code, constitutional provisions, federal and local ordinances, as they apply to County government and its operation; case law related to a variety of County government subjects; criminal law issues.  

Considerable knowledge of human resource management theory, methods, and practices; the legal environment related to human resource management; benefit, retirement, and compensation laws and guidelines; budget development and fiscal accounting principles, practices and procedures; County department operations including applicable laws and regulations; principles of supervision, including evaluation and motivation; federal and state laws as they apply to personnel management practices.

Considerable skill in the art of diplomacy and cooperative problem solving; leadership and organizational behavior management; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with State, Federal, and other local officials, elected officials, subordinate staff, and County residents. Skill in the operation of a Computer and standard office equipment.

Ability to understand and interpret complex laws, rules, regulations, policies, and guidelines; direct the work of others; plan, organize, and direct, through subordinate staff, the efficient, effective delivery of County  legal services and functions; develop department operating policies and procedures; analyze and draft legal documents and propose legislation; establish and maintain effective working relationships with County and court officials, employees, and the public; communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.

Bilingual skills in English and the Spanish language

TAOS COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN, RELIGION, AGE SEX, ANCESTRY, PHYSICAL OR MENTAL DISABILITY, SERIOUS MEDICAL CONDITION, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, SPOUSAL AFFILIATION OR GENDER IDENTITY.  

Department: Administration

Reports to (title): Works under the general supervision of the County Manager

Job Code: 1500

Supervises: Provides broad policy guidance and direction to Assistant County Attorney(s). Provides general supervision to Paralegal Assistant, Legal Secretary and to other executive support staff as needed

Pay Grade:

 

Classification: Exempt 

Hours/week: Salary

Effective Date: November 2011

Type of Position: Full-time

Revised Date: September 24, 2015

 

PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS

  • In performance of their respective tasks and duties all employees of Taos County are expected to conform to the following:
  • Uphold all principles of confidentiality and respect of all colleagues to the fullest extent.
  • Adhere to all professional and ethical behavior standards inherent to the Public Sector.
  • Interact in an honest, trustworthy and dependable manner with all citizens and employees of Taos County. 
  • Possess cultural awareness and sensitivity.
  • Maintain a current insurable driver’s license.

POSITION PURPOSE 

The purpose of this position is to perform managerial and professional duties as required to carry out the efficient and effective 

litigation of civil or criminal cases and the ongoing legal processes of County government.  Serves as the lead County legal 

advisor in all civil and criminal matters

ESSENTIAL DUTIES, FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES  

The following duties are not intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by the employee in this position, only to provide a summary of the major duties and responsibilities.  Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position specific duties.

Acts as principal legal advisor to Board of Commissioners, Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment; directs the ongoing legal processes of the County and delegates projects and cases to staff or contract attorney(s); attends County Commission meetings to apprise and advise County officials related to various County programs, issues, projects and cases; attends various advisory and commission meetings to represent County management and provide legal assistance; takes the lead and serves as the first-line contact for legal processes and functions, maintains civil caseload;directs, participates and generally oversees civil and criminal county code enforcement matters; represents the County in the prosecution of county ordinances in County and district court.

Prepares and administers legal department budget; assures that responsibilities are performed within budget; performs cost control activities; monitors revenues and expenditures to assure sound fiscal control; prepares annual budget requests; assures effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities, and time.

Provides legal review of claims filed against the county; determines legitimacy of claims and authorizes the processing of claims in cooperation with insurance providers. Negotiates settlements of claims filed against the County; promotes timely settlement to avoid costly litigation as is advisable.

Conducts legal review of proposed legislation to update or amend County codes and ordinances; drafts ordinances, contracts and various legal documents; initiates sanctions and exercises legal processes for the collection of outstanding revenues or obligations owed to the County; issues official legal notices and warnings.

Performs contract management; monitors the administrative processing of agreements proposed to be entered into by the County; conducts legal review and analysis; writes contracts, establishes contract templates; oversees tracking and numbering of contracts and monitors contract status and disposition; writes opinions and legal directives. 

Performs legal research, makes recommendations and prepares legal opinions for review and consideration by County Manager,  and County Commission; advises and directs County department heads on legal issues associated with their 

various areas of responsibility; provides legal support in areas related to procurement, land acquisitions, land use codes, personnel actions, water law issues, etc.; represents the County and appears in court to secure and maintain legal 

rights, privileges, and ownership; serves as defense counsel on issues related to appeals on planning and zoning issues; directs the prosecution of all code violations.

Assists and provides legal advice to the County Manager and Human Resources Director regarding employment matters and employee discipline.

Other duties as assigned

 

MINIMUM MANDATORY QUALIFICATIONS

Experience:

Eight (8) years directly related experience; and 

Education:

A Juris Doctor degree from an American Bar Association accredited law school and be 

licensed in New Mexico.

Mandatory Knowledge, 

Skills, Abilities and Other Qualifications:

  • Read, write, speak and comprehend the English language..
  • A license to practice law in the State of New Mexico.
  • Thorough knowledge of federal, state and local laws and ordinances; legal administrative procedures including the rules of civil and criminal procedure and evidence; the principles,methods, materials and practices used in legal research; New Mexico Code, constitutional provisions, federal and local ordinances, as they apply to County government and its operation; case law related to a variety of County government subjects; criminal law issues.  
  • Considerable knowledge of human resource management theory, methods, and practices; the legal environment related to human resource management; benefit, retirement, and compensation laws and guidelines; budget development and fiscal accounting principles, practices and procedures; County department operations including applicable laws and regulations; principles of supervision, including evaluation and motivation; federal and state laws as they apply to personnel management practices.
  • Considerable skill in the art of diplomacy and cooperative problem solving; leadership and organizational behavior management; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with State, Federal, and other local officials, elected officials, subordinate staff, and County residents. Skill in the operation of a Computer and standard office equipment.
  • Ability to understand and interpret complex laws, rules, regulations, policies, and guidelines; direct the work of others; plan, organize, and direct, through subordinate staff, the efficient, effective delivery of County  legal services and functions; develop department operating policies and procedures; analyze and draft legal documents and propose legislation; establish and maintain effective working relationships with County and court officials, employees, and the public; communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.
  • Must possess high level of customer service at all times.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Bilingual skills in English and the Spanish language

WORK ENVIRONMENT

Work environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the primary functions of this job. Normal office conditions exist, and the noise level in the work environment can vary from low to moderate. Limited overnight travel may be required from time to time.

Physical demands:

While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to: walk, sit, use hands and fingers, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear.  May be required to stand for long periods.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds or more. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus. 

Mental demands:

There are a number of deadlines associated with this position. The employee must also multi-task and interact with a wide variety of people on various and, at times, complicated issues. 

Disclaimer:  The information on this position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performance by employees in this position.  It is not designed to contain, or be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees 

assigned to this position. Employees will be asked to perform other duties as needed.

 

 

 

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