ASSISTANT COUNTY ATTORNEY I,II,III
This position is exempt from appeals procedures.
The successful applicant works at the pleasure of the Board of County Commissioners.
Must have the physical, developmental and mental ability to perform job tasks, work efforts, responsibilities and duties of the job illustrated. The job description herein provides for the range of duties to be performed for this position. It is not intended to reflect all duties that are required within this position.
At the direction of the County Attorney, legal position requiring the providing of legal advice, counsel, and representation to the Board of County Commissioners, to assigned County Departments and Divisions, and to Polk County Constitutional Officers as required.
Responsible for day-to-day representation of assigned County Departments and Divisions over which the Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) has authority in all legal matters.
- Reviews all agenda requests and items submitted by assigned Departments and Divisions prior to consideration by the BoCC.
- At the direction of, and under supervision of County Attorney, Deputy County Attorney, or Assistant County Attorney III, prosecutes and/or defends litigation involving Polk County arising out of assigned Departments and Divisions. Oversees the progress of all such litigation to its completion.
- Reviews, for purposes of determining legal sufficiency, all contracts and agreements relating to assigned Departments and Divisions prior to approval and execution by the Board of County Commissioners.
- Serves as member of competitive selection committees as assigned.
- Attends and participates in meetings with Department and/or Division Directors, staff, outside counsel and citizens, as required, in matters relating to assigned Departments and Divisions.
- Attends meetings of, and provides legal counsel to, assigned lay boards, commissions, and committees.
- Drafts proposed Ordinances, Resolutions, agreements, contracts, leases, agenda requests, and other legal documents, and/or amendments thereto, as required by assigned Departments and Divisions and as assigned by the County Attorney or Deputy County Attorney.
- Conducts public hearings, as required, to facilitate the orderly adoption of ordinances, resolutions, special assessments and the like.
- Makes presentations to the BoCC as required.
- Researches legal issues and prepares memoranda of law for legal issues pertaining to assigned Departments and Divisions and as assigned by the County Attorney or Deputy County Attorney.
- Attends Staff Agenda Reviews, BoCC Agenda Reviews, New Employee Orientations, and other events as assigned by the County Attorney or Deputy County Attorney.
- Handles miscellaneous litigation, administrative hearings, quasi-judicial hearings, and related matters as assigned by, and under the direction of the County Attorney, Deputy County Attorney, or Assistant County Attorney III.
KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS
Knowledge and experience as to a broad range of issues pertaining to the practice of law including transactional work, general civil litigation, administrative hearings, and appeals. Knowledge of and experience in Florida local government law preferred. Ability to maintain satisfactory work relationships with department and division heads, County employees, and the public. Ability to communicate effectively with the public, business and civic groups. Highly developed legal writing skills. Ability to present ideas and programs both orally and in writing.
ASSISTANT COUNTY ATTORNEY I
Graduation from an accredited four (4) year college/university and graduation from an accredited law school with a Juris Doctor or equivalent degree. Membership in good standing with the Florida Bar Association is required prior to commencement of employment. Must have from zero (0) to three (3) years experience in the practice of law.
ASSISTANT COUNTY ATTORNEY II
Graduation from an accredited four (4) year college/university and graduation from an accredited law school with a Juris Doctor or equivalent degree. Membership in good standing with the Florida Bar Association. Must have at least four (4) years experience in the practice of law.
ASSISTANT COUNTY ATTORNEY III
Graduation from an accredited four (4) year college/university and graduation from an accredited law school with a Juris Doctor or equivalent degree. Membership in good standing with the Florida Bar Association. Must have at least seven (7) years experience in the practice of law in increasingly responsible positions with an emphasis on litigation.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS AT ALL LEVELS
Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to secure a valid Florida driver’s license at the time of employment.
This is a full time position and no outside practice is permitted, albeit teaching at a local college or university during evening hours (after 5:30 p.m.) is permitted with leave of the County Attorney.
JOB LOCATION : County Attorney's Office, Bartow, FL
WORK SCHEDULE: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
HIRING RATE : $51,188.00 - $93,662.00 annually (Pay Grades 30, 37, and 49, respectively)
Position may be filled at any level, depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate and at the discretion of the County Attorney.
Interested applicants and employees should apply by creating an application profile as detailed below. Apply no later than the closing date indicated above. Posting may close at any time without notice.
APPLICATIONS MAY ONLY BE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY ON THIS WEBSITE.
POLK COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, HUMAN RESOURCES (863) 534-6030
POLK COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. IT IS OUR POLICY TO PROVIDE EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL QUALIFIED PERSONS, REGARDLESS OF RACE, RELIGION, SEX, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE, DISABILITY OR ANY OTHER CATEGORY PROTECTED BY LAW.