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City Attorney

City of Savannah

Posted: Sep. 19, 2018

End Date: Oct. 18, 2018

City Attorney

Salary:  Depends on Qualifications
Location:  Savannah, GA
Job Type:  Full-Time Permanent
Department:  Legal
Job Number:  1605321
Closing:  10/18/2018 11:59 PM Eastern

The primary responsibilities of the City Attorney include performing executive and professional level work as legal advisor to the Mayor and Council, City Staff and various boards and commissions of the City, planning and organization of civil litigation, mentoring and evaluation of professional legal staff, performing professional civil legal work in accordance with federal, state, and municipal laws. The City Attorney is appointed by, serves at the pleasure of, and reports directly to the Mayor and Council.

Essential Job Functions

Supervises and manages the day-to-day operations of a multi-practice law office, including determinations for the appropriate outsourcing of legal work.

Renders oral and written legal opinions to the Mayor and Council, City Manager, and Department Directors and other City staff as requested.

Prepares court papers, contracts, ordinances, resolutions, deeds, leases, and other legal documents.

Prepares and approves proposed ordinances for consideration by the Mayor and Council.

Reviews the legality and/or sufficiency of contracts, bonds, bids, leases, insurance, and claims.

Attends meetings of the City Council, and other City agencies, committees and boards as required and renders legal advice as needed.

Represents the City in resolving claims, lawsuits and administrative hearings.

Serves the City's interests in various contract negotiations.

Manages, supervises, and reviews the work of legal and support staff, as well as, managing the office budget, support contracts, etc.

Researches, interprets, and applies laws, court decisions, and other legal authority in the preparation of opinions and briefs.

Analyzes legislation including proposed state and federal legislation affecting the City.

Answers communications from the public relative to municipal ordinances and legal matters affecting the City.

Investigates complaints and claims by or against the City.

Organizes, interprets, and applies legal principles and knowledge to complex legal problems.

Comprehends and makes inferences from written material to provide legal representation and advice.

Analyzes narrative and statistical data to make recommendations regarding legal issues affecting the City.

Performs other duties as directed by the Mayor and Aldermen.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:
Graduation from a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association with a Juris Doctor degree and extensive, at least seven (7) years, experience practicing law, including litigation and contract law, and managerial or supervisory experience. Prefer experience in contract negotiation and drafting, municipal law, development of ordinances and laws, litigation and mediation, real estate transactions, financing transactions, and employment and labor law. Must be able to obtain State Bar of Georgia license and membership within six months of employment, and maintain membership as a condition of continued employment. Candidates currently licensed and in good standing with the State Bar of Georgia are preferred. This position requires a highly experienced executive level attorney with the experience and ability to manage the hundreds of legal matters which the City encounters each year, and to supervise the work of other lawyers both within and outside the City staff.

Special Requirements:
Valid driver's license required. Background investigation, including supervised drug screen, post offer/pre-employment medical screen; and verification of education, certifications, and licenses are required prior to employment.