Serves as lead counsel to the Board of Commissioners, the County Manager, elected officials, Agency and Department Heads, members of the County's management staff, county employees and entities as assigned.
Attends all Board of Commissioner meetings and other various meetings to provide advice and legal counsel; explains and interprets ordinances and status of cases.
Performs personnel selection and management; prepares and conducts performance reviews for assigned employees.
Assigns, reviews, and manages work activities of professional department attorneys.
Develops and recommends policies, procedures and actions based on legal knowledge and experience, interpretation of legal documents, and analysis of County liability.
Directs the investigation of claims for and against assigned departments, programs and boards, and makes recommendations for the settlement of claims, as appropriate.
Directs the investigation and responds to citizen complaints alleging County duty or failure to act, the County's management staff, and other County employees and entities as assigned.
Engages in negotiations for major contracts or in the event of claims settlements.
Directs the preparation and/or review of contracts, deeds, leases, resolutions, ordinances and other legal documents.
Advises officials and employees on legal questions and prepares legal opinions.
Directs litigation in suits for and against assigned officials, departments, programs and boards; oversees the preparation of pleadings, discovery and briefs; researches legal issues; oversees the depositions of witnesses; conducts or directs necessary investigations; prepares for and tries cases; and appeals adverse judgments.
Researches and gathers facts, checks investigation reports, reviews files, answers correspondence, prepares responses to legal requests.
Ensures the Board of Commissioners are fully advised on all legal matters.
Directs the preparation and presentation of seminars, workshops and training initiatives on various legal issues.
Maintains current knowledge of laws, legislative trends and developments for application to areas of responsibility.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Juris Doctor; membership and license to practice law through the Georgia State Bar Association; supplemented by ten years progressively knowledgeable, responsible and skilled experience practicing law that has included managerial experience. Must have been admitted to the Courts of Law and Equity in Georgia through the Superior Court; must be admitted to the Georgia Supreme Court and Georgia Court of Appeals.
While performing the essential functions of this job the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and lift and/or move 5 to 10 pounds.