CITY OF DAWSON, GEORGIA
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR CITY PROSECUTOR
The City of Dawson, Georgia, is requesting proposals from qualified attorneys interested in serving as the
City Prosecutor for the City of Dawson Municipal Court.
1. PURPOSE AND SCOPE OF SERVICES
- Description: The City Prosecutor performs advanced professional legal work involving the
prosecution of suspects in misdemeanor criminal cases and participates in administrative and
research functions in civil areas when directed. The Prosecutor will prosecute cases within the
jurisdiction of the City Charter, ordinances, and Georgia State Statutes that are within the
jurisdiction of the Dawson Municipal Court. The Prosecutor will also attend Administrative
License Suspension hearings on behalf of the City of Dawson.
Education and Experience: Minimum qualifications include a Juries Doctorate degree from an
accredited law school, license to practice law in the state of Georgia, membership in the Georgia
State Bar Associations, and three (3) years’ experience as a practicing attorney.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of proper court room procedure and the rules of
evidence; working knowledge of criminal law; working knowledge of local ordinances, laws, and
procedures; skill in basic supervisory principles and practices; ability to grasp complex factual
data, draw appropriate conclusions, and an ability to communicate complex legal ideas to a variety
of audiences in clear, comprehensive and professional manner; the ability to read, interpret, apply
and explain codes, rules, regulations, policies and procedures; ability to establish and maintain
effective working relationships with the City Administration, City Council, Municipal Judge,
Police Department, Court staff, and the general public.
- Term: The Prosecutor Contract will be in effect for a term of two (2) years, but is subject to renewal
at the will of the City Council of Dawson.
- Compensations/Hours of Work: The City of Dawson Municipal Court is held at the city
Hall of Dawson, 101 South Main Street, Dawson, Georgia 39842 the first Thursday of each month at 5 pm. The city will compensate the selected Prosecutor $350 per day in court and a typical court day runs from approximately 5 pm until 8 pm. The city will compensate $75 per hour for attending any additional hearings not on a normal court day. Any additional time needed will be negotiated during the selection process.
- Reporting: The Prosecutor shall file monthly reports with the City detailing dates, times, and any
additional time for services provided in accordance with this RFP. The report is due on or before
the tenth (10th) day of the following month for services of the prior month.
- Associated Counsel: Any counsel associated with or employed by the City Prosecutor shall have
the authority to perform the services called for herein, and the Prosecutor may employ associated
counsel to assist at the Prosecutor's expense; however, the associated counsel may only perform
services not to exceed 25% of the court sessions for the Prosecutor. The Prosecutor and all
associated counsel hired pursuant to this section shall be admitted to practice pursuant to the rules
of the Supreme Court of the State of Georgia.
- Attorney Conflict: In the event the Prosecutor must withdraw from a case because of a conflict
of interest, the Prosecutor shall be responsible for providing a qualified alternative attorney to
serve at the Prosecutor's expense.
- Accessibility: The Prosecutor shall provide telephone number or numbers so that the Prosecutor
can be accessible to the Court staff, Police Department, and defendants. The Prosecutor will be
required to respond to Court Staff and Police Department by the close of the next business day and
respond to defendants in a timely manner.
- Professional Liability Coverage: During the term of the Contract, the Prosecutor shall have the
appropriate amount professional liability coverage. A copy shall be provided with this proposal.
- Indemnifications: The Prosecutor shall indemnify, defend and hold the City, its elected officials
and employees, agents and volunteers harmless from any and all claims, losses or liability,
including all costs and attorney's fees, arising out of the Prosecutor's performance of obligations
pursuant to the Contract, including claims arising by reason of accident, injury or death caused to
persons or property of any kind occurring by the fault or negligence of the Prosecutor, his or her
associates, agents and employees. To the extent that any of the damages referenced by this
paragraph is caused by or resulting from the concurrent negligence of the city, its agents or
employees, this obligation to indemnify, defend and hold harmless is valid and enforceable only to
the extent of the negligence of the Prosecutor, its officers, associates, agents, and employees.
- Assignment or Subcontractors: No assignment or transfer of the Contract or of any interest in
the Contract shall be made by the Prosecutor without the prior written consent of the City.
2. PROPOSAL EVALUATION AND AWARD PROCESS
Proposals shall be consistently evaluated based upon the following criteria:
- Demonstrated competence
- Experience in performance of comparable engagements
- Expertise and availability of key personnel
- Conformance with the terms of this RFP
The City of Dawson Mayor and Council may also contact the references provided in response to this RFP; solicit information from any available source concerning any aspect of a proposal; and seek and review any other information deemed pertinent to the evaluation process. Finalist will be invited for interviews. Mayor and Council shall make an award in the best interests of the City of Dawson.
3. INFORMATION TO BE PROVIDED
All respondents must provide the following information:
- Cover letter and statement of qualifications
- Georgia State Bar Numbers for all attorneys
- Three professional references with addresses and phone numbers
- Release allowing the City of Dawson access to all GSBA disciplinary investigations and/or actions
- Copy of current professional liability insurance, name of carrier and policy number, policy
exclusions, if any, and current coverage amounts.
- Fee schedule for any additional time required not included during the typical day of court as
explained in Section I.D above.
The original proposal package and six (6) copies of your proposal must be submitted in person or by mail
to Roxie Powell, City Clerk, City of Dawson, PO Box 190, 101 South Main Street, Dawson, GA
39842, on or before September 1, 2022.
4. TERMS, CONDITIONS, AND EXCEPTIONS
The City reserves the right to alter, amend, or modify any provisions of this RFP or to withdraw this RFP,
at any time prior to the award of a contract pursuant hereto, if it is in the best interest of the City to do so.
The City reserves the right to waive informalities and minor irregularities in proposals received.
Proposals must include any and all proposed terms and conditions.
Alterations, modifications or variations to a proposal may not be considered unless authorized by the RFP
or by addendum or by addendum or amendment.
The City is not liable for any costs incurred by respondents prior to entering into a formal contract. Costs
of developing the proposals or any other such expenses incurred by the attorney in responding to the RFP,
are entirely the responsibility of the vendor, and shall not be reimbursed in any manner by the City.
A proposal submitted in response to this RFP must identify any subcontractors, and outline the
contractual relationship between the awarded vendor and each subcontractor. An official of each
proposed subcontractor must sign, and include as part of the proposal submitted in response to this RFP, a
Statement to the effect that the subcontractor has read and will agree to abide by the awarded vendor's
Failure to meet the Minimum Requirements may result in the proposal being deemed non-responsive.
Complete, sign, and return the proposal sheets where required.
BIDDER ACKNOWLEDGES THAT HE/SHE HAS READ, UNDERSTANDS, AND AGREES TO
COMPLY WITH THE ABOVE STATEMENTS AND THAT THE SIGNATURE BELOW IS THAT OF
AN INDIVIDUAL AUTHORIZED TO SIGN CONTRACTS ON BEHALF OF THE BIDDING
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