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County Attorney

Local Government

Posted: Jun. 28, 2019

End Date: Aug. 13, 2019


SUMMARY:

The County Attorney is responsible for overseeing and directing the County’s legal office and serving as the chief legal counsel for the Macon-Bibb County Government.

 

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
 

MINIMUM EDUCATION, TRAINING AND/OR EXPERIENCE TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

In accordance with the Macon-Bibb County Charter, the County Attorney is appointed by the Mayor with approval of a majority of the Commission and is a graduate of an accredited three (3)-year law school with an LLB or JD degree, a member in good standing with the State Bar of Georgia , possess five (5) years active law experience prior to appointment by the Mayor and must also be admitted to practice before the Georgia Supreme Court, the Georgia Court of Appeals, and all Courts of the State of Georgia; or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The following duties are representative of the work required for this job. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.
 

  • Manages litigation for the County and reviews and approves all case work.
  • Supervises the work of Staff Attorneys and investigative office staff.
  • Represents the County personally or through an associate at various boards and commission meetings and in all matters requiring the service of an attorney.
  • Provides legal counsel for the Mayor and County Commission members regarding specific projects and other concerns on request.
  • Prepares or approves all contracts, bonds, and other legal instruments.
  • Attends meetings of the County Commission regularly and of the Commission committees and various boards and commissions.
  • Prepares or approves legal opinions upon request for the various County departments.
  • Prepares or approves the development of ordinances, resolutions, charter amendments, legislative acts, and other documents relating to County legal affairs.
  • Performs legal research in all areas of the law, including the interpretation of various contracts and agreements relating to the authority and legal limitations of the Macon-Bibb County officials and County departments of the County Code of Ordinances and County Charter.
  • Consults with associates on the preparation of cases for trial. 
  • Appoints and removes all members of the Law Department staff.
  • Performs all duties as set out in the Macon-Bibb Code of Ordinances.
 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

The County Attorney must be knowledgeable of the following principles, procedures, and concepts:
 
  • Knowledge of County ordinance and charter provisions and of general local, state and federal laws.
  • Knowledge of judicial procedures at all judicial levels.
  • Knowledge of the organizational processes, functions, and legal limitations on the authority of the various County departments.
  • Ability to organize, assign, and review the work of a large staff.
  • Ability to analyze, appraise, and organize facts, evidence, and precedents and to effectively present such materials either orally or in writing.
  • Ability to maintain the confidence of public and court officials at all levels.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and with members of the general public.
  • Knowledge of personal computers and relevant office programs.
  • Ability to utilize discretion in the handling of confidential information and sensitive materials.