City Attorney

Mercer Group Associates
January 25, 2023
High Point, NC
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131 S. Farms Edge Road., Manor, GA 31550
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The City of High Point, NC is seeking to fill the position of City Attorney.  This is an exceptional opportunity to serve as City Attorney, the appointed chief legal advisor and advocate, in one of North Carolina's premier cities. High Point, known as the “Home Furnishings Capital of the World,” is North Carolina’s ninth largest city. The estimated population is over 115,000, in a metropolitan area of 750,000 and a larger Piedmont Triad region of 1.6 million people. The city is situated primarily in the southwest corner of Guilford County, with portions also in Davidson, Forsyth and Randolph counties—the state’s only city in four counties. It is bordered by Greensboro to the north, Jamestown to the northeast and Archdale to the southeast. The city operates under the council-manager form of government. The City Attorney is appointed by and works under the direction of the Mayor and City Council.  The Council is composed of the mayor and eight Council Members, each elected by the nonpartisan primary and election method, to serve concurrent four-year terms (not staggered). The mayor and two Council Members are elected at-large, by all registered voters. The other six Council members are elected by the registered voters within their wards. Elections are held in odd-numbered years, every four years. The next municipal election will be held in 2023.  The City Attorney's Office has a total of seven (7) full-time employees including the City Attorney.   The Office of the City Attorney provides legal advice and representation to the Mayor, City Council, City Manager, City Clerk and many other City departments, boards and commissions, agencies, officials and employees on a broad range of issues.


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The City Council is seeking an innovative, high-energy Attorney with strong interpersonal skills, and highly effective communication skills.  The ideal candidate must be able to provide sound legal recommendations free of personal opinions, with a focus on establishing harmonious working relationships with the internal departments of the city.  The City Attorney must possess personal and professional maturity.  Must have the ability to remove bottlenecks, establish standardized processes and uniformity in addressing issues.  Must be a team player with excellent listening skills and the ability to provide responsive customer service to the M&C, City Manager and Department Directors.  The new City Attorney must be committed to implementing performance measures for the department and establish a vision of excellence for supporting the organization. 


Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Juris Doctor degree from ABA accredited law school and licensed to practice law in NC or eligible for comity licensure; must possess at least 10 years of relevant legal experience.
  • Broad knowledge of state, federal and local laws and ordinances, rules and regulations, particularly with respect to municipal operations and regulatory functions and knowledge of judicial procedures and rules of evidence, with successful trial and appellate litigation experience.
  • Highly skilled in legal research, drafting legal documents, ordinances and opinions, and providing legal advice in public and private.

Compensation & Benefits:

The starting salary is expected to be in the range of $160,000 - $185,000 depending on the experience and qualifications of the selected individual. The city provides an attractive benefits package. The City Personnel Resolution requires that the City Attorney reside within the corporate limits.  Relocation expenses negotiable. 

How to Apply:

To apply for this outstanding opportunity, send letter of interest, resume and five job references (include name, email address and phone number) no later than 5pm on February 23, 2023 by email to [email protected].  Please direct any questions to Mercer Group Associates Senior Associates:  Lisa Ward at Cell:  706-983-9326 or Ellis Hankins at Cell:  919-349-8988.

The City of High Point is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity across the work force, in order to serve all citizens well.