In accordance with the Weld County Home Rule Charter, there shall be a Department of Law, the director of which shall be known as the County Attorney. This individual shall be appointed by the Board for an indefinite term and his employment may be terminated by majority vote of the Board. The office of County Attorney shall be the primary position of the County Attorney and the individual in this role shall have no other employment as an attorney. The Board may appoint such Assistant County Attorneys as it deems necessary subject to the same term and limitations as the County Attorney.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The Department of Law exercises all legal and administrative functions of the County government assigned by law or the Board to the County Attorney.
The County Attorney acts as legal advisor for the Board and all departments and divisions of county government.
The County Attorney, upon the request of elective county officers, issues formal written opinions on questions of law, which shall be maintained by the County as public documents; reviews and drafts Weld County Code modifications; appears before various committees on behalf of the County; reviews legislative bills, federal and state rules and regulations that have potential impact on the County; reviews contracts and agreements prior to approval and execution by the Board of County Commissioners.
When directed by the Board, the County Attorney represents the County, County officers, County employees, and appointed boards and commissions and their members in suits, actions and other legal proceedings.
The County Attorney prosecutes violations of the Weld County Code, such as dog running at large violations, noise and nuisance abatements, and zoning violations.
Jointly manages, with the Human Services Director, the Lead/Supervising Assistant County Attorney, other Assistant County Attorneys assigned to the Department of Human Services and legal or paralegal staff in such matters as child support enforcement, determination of paternity, child welfare cases, and adoption proceedings.
Provides oversight of County Attorney's Office operational activities and manages fiscal responsibilities. Monitors and evaluates workflow using knowledge of business functions, legal requirements and mandated performance standards to meet required goals and timetables
Directly supervises Assistant County Attorney staff and paralegals and directs their work activities, ensuring a high level of performance and compliance with County, State and Federal rules and regulations. Provides leadership, guidance and support to Assistant County Attorney staff and paralegals by meeting regularly to discuss individual situations. Assists staff in objectively evaluating work progress and offers additional resources and insight when possible, promoting activities and strategies that align with department goals.
Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with County officials and employees, other attorneys, representatives of community and governmental agencies, and the general public.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The Weld County Home Rule Charter requires that the County Attorney shall be a resident of the County of Weld. For the purposes of C.R.S. § 8-2-120(4)(a), the County Attorney is considered to be a "key appointee" as an exception from the definition of "employee" set forth in C.R.S. § 8-2-120(2)(a).
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required:
• Thorough knowledge of laws, legal precedents, court cases, and administrative regulations pertaining to local government in the State of Colorado.
• Thorough knowledge of County government functions, responsibilities, and liabilities.
• Ability to provide sound legal advice to government officials on a wide variety of circumstances and situations.
• Ability to plan, coordinate, and provide guidance to subordinate attorneys.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with County officials and employees, other attorneys, representatives of community and governmental agencies, and the general public.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and to prepare clear and concise reports and legal materials.
Other Necessary Requirements:
Education and/or Experience:
The County Attorney shall be duly licensed as an attorney by the State of Colorado for at least five (5) years immediately prior to his or her appointment, and shall have been actively engaged in the practice of law during such five years. Preference given to residents of Weld County.
• Eight years full-time professional experience that includes high level program or operations management.
• Five years experience must include working as an attorney actively engaged in the practice of law.
• Two years full-time experience supervising and managing employees that include directing work activities and evaluating employee performance.
Working in a governmental organization or understanding of governmental requirements and regulations.
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