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Deputy City Attorney

Nogales, AZ
Full Time
Practice Areas: NA
Summary: Under limited supervision, assists the City Attorney in managing the legal affairs of the City, advising the City Council, the City Manager and all other department heads.

Supervision Received: Receives supervision and direction from the City Attorney.

Supervision Excercised: Limited supervision over professional and clerical staff within the legal department as directed.

Essential Duties And Responsibilities:
  • Essential duties may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. The listed duties and responsibilities are not intended to be exhaustive; they are listed only as general illustrations of the various types of work to be performed and of expected responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities not included are not excluded if they are similar, related, necessary, or logical in relation to the position.
  • May act as the City Attorney in the absence of the City Attorney
  • Provides legal counsel and advice on various municipal areas including public safety, utilities, land use, planning & zoning, building inspection, transportation, human resources, collective bargaining, property management, public meetings, public records, ethics, and other general government issues
  • May attend various board, commission, and City Council meetings to advice on legal matters
  • Answers communications from the public relative to legal matters affecting the City
  • Drafts and interprets municipal codes and ordinances
  • Appears on behalf of the City before city, county, state, and federal courts in both criminal and civil proceedings
  • Works with legal specialists engaged by the City for the preparation and trial of complex cases the City may be involved in
  • Investigates claims by or against the City
  • Prepares legal opinions, court papers, contracts, ordinances, resolutions, deeds, leases, and other legal documents
  • Prepares reports to City Council regarding pending issues, claims and litigation
  • Represents the City’s interests before individuals, groups, and agencies
  • Assists in the preparation of the legal department budgets
  • Provides direct supervision in work activities within the civil and criminal division
  • Analyzes narrative and statistical data to make recommendations regarding legal issues affecting the City
  • Oversees the enforcement of City policies and procedures, and the maintenance of proper records
  • Supports the relationship between the City of Nogales and the general public
  • Performs other duties as required or assigned

Knowledge Of:
  • City policies and procedures
  • Municipal, State and Federal court systems
  • Criminal Rules of Procedure (State/Federal)
  • Civil Rules of Procedure (State/Federal)

Skill In:
  • Using initiative, discretion and judgment within established procedures, guidelines and rules
  • Defining problems; establishing facts and drawing valid conclusions
  • Managing situations requiring diplomacy, fairness, firmness and sound judgment
  • Multi-tasking
  • Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with managers, supervisors, employees, external public and private agencies, crime victims and the general public
  • Communicating effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Operating a personal computer and various software applications

Minimum Qualifications:
Education, Training and Experience:
  • Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school
  • Member in good standing in the State Bar of Arizona

Preferred Qualification(S):
  • Court litigation experience
  • Spanish language fluency
  • Judicial clerkship

License And Certification Requirements:
State Bar of Arizona license

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