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Assistant County Attorney

Bernalillo, NM
Full Time
Practice Areas: Municipal Job #: 2020-00018 Exp.: 2+ Years
General Purpose
**First Review of Resumes Shall Be Wednesday, February 26, 2020**

Under the direction of the County Attorney, serves as legal representative and advisor to the Board of County Commissioners, and other Elected Officials, directors and individuals requiring legal advice, when no conflict exists; assists with review of documents in Inspection of Public Records (IPRA) requests; represents the County in legal proceedings, including District Court and/or administrative proceedings in Tax, Garnishment, Employment, and Planning and Zoning, and other matters; drafts and reviews resolutions, contracts, ordinances, and other documents; researches legal issues and prepares Memorandum of Law for the County Attorney; provides legal assistance to all County Boards and Commissions; at the direction of the County Attorney oversees outside counsels' representation of the County; and performs other support functions as directed by the County Attorney.

Minimum Qualifications
Education and Experience:
Juris Doctorate Degree and two years of legal experience, at any level. Municipal/local government experience preferred. Experience in Inspection of Public Records Act, Open Meetings Act, tax, real estate, and/or State of New Mexico Procurement Code and procedures highly desirable.

Required Licenses or Certifications:
  • Member of New Mexico State Bar or eligible for admission to the New Mexico State Bar by waiver.
  • Obtain and maintain a valid license to practice law in the State of New Mexico.
  • Possession and maintenance of a valid New Mexico Driver's License.
  • Admission to New Mexico Federal Bar or the qualifications to be so.

Essential Job Functions
  • Receives, reviews and responds to Inspection of Public Record requests on behalf of the County;
  • Researches and writes Legal Memorandum on a variety of legal issues and/or administrative practices at the request of the County Attorney; and reviews policy and policy initiatives to ensure compliance with state and federal laws and regulations;
  • Litigates civil cases and prosecutes criminal cases on behalf of the County in Magistrate and District Courts, including but not limited to tax, employment garnishment, and Planning and Zoning cases; represents the County in appellate work and administrative hearings, and represents County management and/or designated clients as needed;
  • Provides legal assistance to all County Boards and Commissions, as directed by the County Attorney;
  • Reviews drafts of ordinances, resolutions, contracts, administrative policies, rules and regulations, and other written documents required in the operation of the county government for compliance with legal requirements;
  • Drafts legal documents for approval and use by the County Attorney;
  • Composes a variety of letters, transmittal memoranda, e-mails, and other documents.
  • Reviews and analyzes tort claims and documents served on County Clerk; and prepares County disclaimer, if appropriate, and forwards information to New Mexico Association of Counties and supervises outside counsel as directed by County Attorney;
  • Assists with personnel issues and labor law issues including FLSA, collective bargaining, FMLA, ADA, and federal employment law; and assists with disciplinary investigations and administrative hearings.
  • Interacts with Judges, trial court assistants, Clerks of Court, directors, Elected Officials, deputies, and other County employees as needed/required to perform the duties of the position;
  • Assists with administration and work of Native American Voting Rights program and its related work;
  • Assists with Ethics Board;
  • Coaches, trains County staff; and/or
  • Assists with or performs related duties as assigned.

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