Assistant County Attorney

Davidson County
March 25, 2024
PO Box 1067, Lexington, NC
Billing Address
PO Box 1067 Lexington, NC 27293
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General Statement of Duties

Primarily responsible for providing legal services at the direction of the County Attorney to the various departments of Davidson County Government. The legal services provided include advice, counsel, representation at trial, and appellate advocacy. This attorney will be available for such other duties within the Legal Department as may be assigned by the County Attorney.

Distinguishing Features of the Class

An employee in this class is primarily responsible for providing full time legal representation to the various departments of County government including court appearances, consultation, advice, research, drafting legal documents and briefs, and other normal and ordinary legal services for the County.

Illustrative Examples of Work

  • Assists in Planning Department matters such as special use permits, variances, amendments to the zoning map, and presentations before the Planning Board and the Board of Adjustment. Provide legal guidance to both Boards.
  • Assists in other areas of the Planning Department concerns such as enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance and the Solid Waste Ordinance. Such representation will include filing actions on behalf of the county in the appropriate forum and trial advocacy for such litigation.
  • Assists in Finance, Human Resources and EMS matters, typically involving consultation, research and legal advice.
  • Resolves legal problems of unusual importance and complexity on a continuous basis.
  • Consults with staff regarding their legal work in preparation and bringing cases for trial.
  • Advises administrative officials on policy questions and operating problems having legal implications and drafting opinion letters to assure proper interpretation and application of the statutes involved.
  • Plans, directs, and advises staff in carrying out the regulatory legal activities of the County.
  • Plans, directs, and reviews work of legal matters involved in assisting and advising County officials on operational problems that develop which have legal implications to the County and to the staff and which require legal interpretations and opinions.
  • Reviews and recommends legal courses of action to be followed and if court action is indicated prepares all necessary legal papers, such as court motions and petitions.
  • In court hearings represents the County in all aspects of the case by presenting evidence, calling witnesses and cross-examining other witnesses.
  • Adheres to the County’s safety rules and regulations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned within the Legal Department as required by the County Attorney.


$95,000-$127,949 Depending on qualifications and experience.


Recruitment and Selection Guidelines

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of general case, statutory, and common law.
  • Thorough knowledge of judicial and quasi-judicial procedures.
  • Must have expertise in the conduct of courtroom litigation.
  • Must have the ability to analyze facts, evidence and legal instruments.
  • Must have ability to express conclusions and arguments clearly and logically in oral and written form.
  • Must maintain effective work relationships with the county staff, county officials, the public and other persons contacted within the course of work.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational support functions of standing, fingering, talking and hearing.
  • Must be able to perform sedentary work exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally; and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.
  • Must possess visual acuity necessary to perform transcription, extensive reading, to determine the accuracy, neatness, and thoroughness of the work assigned.
  • Worker is subject to inside environmental conditions: Protection from weather conditions but not necessarily from temperature changes.

Education and Experience

  • Juris doctor degree from an accredited law school or candidate for such degree.

Licenses and Certifications

  • Membership in good standing in the North Carolina Bar as a licensed practicing attorney or scheduled to take Bar exam.
  • Valid North Carolina Driver License.