***** Position is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed and considered regularly .*****
General Definition of Work
Provides civil legal representation for the county, its County Board, agents, boards, committees, and departments. Serves as chief legal advisor to the County Board, County Administrator, and county departments. Supervises and directs the staff and activities of the Corporation Counsel Department, performs legal research, drafts legal documents, represents the County in litigation, oversees legal records and file preparation and maintenance, and related work as apparent or assigned. Work is performed under the direction of the County Administrator.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Examples of Duties:
Performs the duties outlined in Wisconsin State Statutes 59.07 (44).
Commences or defends lawsuits and other legal actions or proceedings involving the County.
Serves as general legal counsel and represents the county in Court in civil litigations.
Conducts legal research and drafts written legal opinions.
Drafts, reviews and researches county resolutions, ordinances, contracts, and legal documents.
Attends county board meetings and provides legal consultation to the County Board and its duly constituted agencies, boards, commissions and committees; elected officials, county departments and county employees.
Serves as parliamentarian for County board of supervisors which includes interpretation and explanation of Rules and Bylaws and Roberts Rules of Order.
Reviews claims, suits, and demands. Coordinates discovery with county departments, develops litigation strategy and analyzes settlement proposals.
Represents public interest in emergency mental commitments, guardianships, protective placements, child protection cases, and in mental and alcohol commitments. Provides legal support to the Child Support Department in child support enforcement and paternity actions.
Manages the corporation counsel department. Assigns, directs, trains and reviews staff work; evaluates staff performance; handles hiring, promoting, suspending and terminating; handles staff disciplinary issues; develops staff schedule; provides staff coaching and/or counseling.
Education and Experience
Juris Doctorate and extensive experience working in and with government law with experience in a supervisory role, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Preference for professional legal experience in municipal law and public sector labor law.
This work requires the frequent exertion of up to 10 pounds of force and occasional exertion of up to 25 pounds of force; work regularly requires sitting, speaking or hearing and using hands to finger, handle or feel, frequently requires walking and repetitive motions and occasionally requires standing, reaching with hands and arms and lifting; work requires close vision, distance vision, ability to adjust focus, depth perception, color perception and peripheral vision; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word and conveying detailed or important instructions to others accurately, loudly or quickly; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels and to receive detailed information through oral communications and/or to make fine distinctions in sound; work requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data, using of measuring devices and observing general surroundings and activities; work has no exposure to environmental conditions; work is generally in a moderately noisy location (e.g. business office, light traffic).
License to practice law in the state of Wisconsin.
Completion of 30 continuing legal education credits must be obtained every two (2) years from date of hire.