Deputy County Counsel II / III and Senio...
Shasta County - Redding, CA

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The County Counsel is the legal advisor for the County of Shasta, the Board of Supervisors, the County Executive Officer, all County departments, boards and commissions, and several special districts. The office gives opinions concerning the actions, duties, and powers of these agencies and officials. The office represents the County and its officers and employees in legal actions at the trial and appellate level, recommends appropriate legal strategies, monitors legislation and court decisions, and provides advice on potential liability issues. This position can be filled at the Deputy II, Deputy III or Senior Deputy level.


Deputy County Counsel II: Confers with and advises officers and employees of County departments and representatives of dependent special districts on legal questions pertaining to their respective powers, duties, functions and obligations; attends meetings of boards or commissions as requested to give legal counsel and advice; drafts or approves as to legal sufficiency ordinances, resolutions and other legal documents and instruments; prepares pleadings and other papers in connection with suits, trials, hearings and similar legal proceedings; appears on behalf of clients in administrative and special proceedings; makes tentative decisions concerning advisability to prosecute, compromise, or dismiss civil litigation and discusses these matters with superiors; performs legal research and issues opinions on civil legal matters; and prepares correspondence and reports.

Senior Deputy County Counsel / Deputy County Counsel III: In addition to the above, confers with and advises officers and employees of County departments and special districts on complex legal matters; drafts or approves as to legal sufficiency various contracts, leases, conveyances and other agreements to be entered into by the County; represents the County, County agencies and County employees in actions brought by or against them, including preparation and trial of cases before courts and administrative agencies; participates in the settlement of claims for or against the County; provides legal counsel on matters of prosecution, defense, compromise or dismissal of civil litigation. Senior Deputy County Counsel performs the above duties, but the civil matters handled generally are more varied, complex and sensitive in nature.


Any combination of education and experience sufficient to directly demonstrate possession and application of the following:

Knowledge of: Legal principles and practices, with special emphasis on the provisions of the Government Code, code provisions applicable to the functions of County government, and civil, constitutional and administrative law and procedures; pre-trial and trial procedures; and legal research methods.

Ability to: Perform legal research using traditional and computer-assisted resources; Analyze and apply legal principles, facts and precedents to legal problems; Present laws, facts and arguments clearly and concisely in written and oral form; and deal effectively and tactfully with those contacted in the course of work. In addition to the above, effectively represent County employees, departments and special districts in legal proceedings and administrative hearings.

Deputy County Counsel II: These standards are typically attained with two years of experience in the practice of law, including at least one year representing public entities or one year of experience as a Deputy County Counsel I in Shasta County.

Deputy County Counsel III: These standards are typically attained with three years of experience as a practicing attorney including at least two years representing public entities or one year of experience as a Deputy County Counsel II in Shasta County.

Senior Deputy County Counsel: In order to qualify for this position, an attorney must have been employed as a counsel for a California county or city for five years, or have equivalent experience in civil and/or other governmental practice.


Active membership in the State Bar of California.


The ideal candidate will have at least two years experience in providing legal representation and counsel to a California county or city (preferably as a deputy county counsel or deputy city attorney) in any of the following areas: land use, public works, health care, or employment law. The ideal candidate will have a strong public service orientation. He or she will have excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to identify problems, research and develop solutions, and facilitate agreements between conflicting parties. While the ideal candidate will have experience in land use, public works, health care, or employment law, the office will consider any applicant with substantial civil experience, preferably in representing a California county or city.


Responses to the following must be submitted with a completed application.

1. Describe any experience you have as a practicing attorney in which you acted as a legal advisor to or before governmental agencies.
2. Approximately what percentage of your practice has been devoted to the representation of a county, city, or state agency?
3. Describe any experience, training, or education (in addition to basic law school classes) in the following areas: general public agency law and particularly in the areas of land use, public works, health care, and employment law. In connection with training and education, please give specific dates, institutions, and a detailed description of your participation.
4. Describe any aspects of your background or experience that you feel demonstrate a substantial interest in or motivation toward public service. Which special attributes, skills, or characteristics would you bring to the role of Deputy or Senior Deputy County Counsel?
5. Please provide your California Bar Number.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.


- All new employees are required to have their paycheck directly deposited to a bank account.
- Some positions may require a valid California driver's license and acceptable driving record according to County policy.
- Reasonable accommodations may be made for those persons who are disabled under the Americans With Disabilities Act to perform the essential functions of the position.
- All individuals offered employment with Shasta County must pass a pre-employment physical examination that includes drug and alcohol testing.
- In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, County employees, in the event of a disaster are considered disaster workers and may be asked to respond accordingly.
- Employees in this classification are covered under the CalPERS retirement program. Depending on the provisions of the California Public Employees' Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) and other applicable laws, an employee in this classification will be covered under one of the following CalPERS retirement formulas: (1) 2% at 55, (2) 2% at 60, or (3) 2% at 62. An employee in this classification will also contribute 7% of his/her pay to this plan, or will contribute such other amount to the plan as authorized by PEPRA and other applicable laws. Click here for additional information regarding benefits and CalPERS coverage information. The provisions in this flyer and on the County's website are for information purposes only. To the extent the provisions of the flyer or the County's website are inconsistent with PEPRA and other applicable laws, PEPRA and other applicable laws shall govern.


Deputy County Counsel II: $5,533 - $7,062 Approximate Monthly
Deputy County Counsel III: $6,532 - $8,337 Approximate Monthly
Senior Deputy County Counsel: $7,062 - $9,014 Approximate Monthly
Holidays: 12 days per year
Vacation: 10 days first 3 years; 15 days 4-9 years; 17 days 10-15 years; 20 days 16 years and thereafter
Sick Leave: 12 days per year with a generous pro rata payoff at termination after at least 5 years
Administrative Leave: 80 hours per year
Expense Allowance: $100.00 annually
Retirement: PERS, coordinated with Social Security.
Insurance: Medical and dental plan, with the County paying for most of the employee and a portion of the dependent cost; a vision plan, a fully-paid life insurance policy and long-term disability plan
Other: Deferred Compensation plan, IRC Section 125 plan, and credit union membership available. California State Bar Association dues are paid in full by the County. A generous MCLE allowance and attendance at County Counsel Association conferences is provided at County expense.


Shasta County Personnel will accept applications, and responses to the supplemental questions until 5:00 p.m., on March 25, 2013. A cover letter and/or resume will be accepted in addition to the application form but will not serve as a substitute for a completed application. applications will not be processed. It is not acceptable to complete the application with statements such as, "See/Refer to Resume," or "See Attached." Closing date postmarks or faxes will NOT be accepted. This recruitment will establish a list that may or may not be used by other departments. Prior applicants must reapply to be considered.

Applicants will be screened and those considered best qualified will be invited to appear for an oral and/or written examination. Meeting the announced requirements does not guarantee inclusion into the selection process. Depending upon the number of applications received, the selection process may consist of additional application screening, written and/or practical exam(s), oral interview, or any combination thereof.

Applicants are encouraged to apply on-line at or submit an application to the Shasta County Personnel Office.

Arrangements may be made to accommodate applicants with disabilities. Requests for accommodations may be made to the Shasta County Personnel Office by the filing deadline posted on this bulletin. Shasta County does not discriminate on the basis of disability. If you feel you are being denied service based on a disability, our ADA Coordinator may be reached at (530) 225-5515; relay service (800) 735-2922; fax (530) 225-5345.

Shasta County Personnel
1450 Court Street, Room 348 – Redding, CA 96001; (530) 225-5515

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