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Under the general direction of the County Manger and Board of Commissioners, is responsible for providing legal counsel as necessary in the management and operations of the Lincoln County Administration Office. Performs complex executive work assisting the County Manager in providing legal advice to the County Board of Commissioners and County departments. Performs administrative and supervisory work directing the Lincoln County legal department. Must be familiar with laws that affect County departments and agencies. Must be able to deal tactfully on many matters with elected officials, department managers and the public. Requires making decisions based on excessive knowledge of law with considerable knowledge of legal principles and their application; principles of administrative, constitutional law and the organizational structure of County government. Requires thorough knowledge of North Carolina General Statutes. Work also includes taking appropriate legal actions when necessary, and related work as apparent or assigned. Work involves setting policies and goals under the direction of the County Manager. Under limited supervision, performs professional and supervisory work advising the County and procedures to include investigative procedures, substantive law, criminal procedure, civil liability, and sufficiency of evidence for court, and other legal matters that develop. Performs administrative and legal duties and tasks specific to the position. Must exercise considerable initiative and independent judgment in various phases of work. May perform other related duties and tasks, as required and shall have the physical, mental and emotional abilities to perform the essential job duties of the position.
• Receives and responds to legal questions and researches requests from all corners of County government, including but not limited to the Health Department, Sheriff, Register of Deeds, Human Resources, Department of Social Services and all departments under the supervisor of the County Manager.
• Prepares for and attends at least three and up to five evening board meetings each month for the Board of Commissioners, Planning board, and Board of Adjustments.
• Drafts or reviews contracts for all County departments.
• Consults with any outside counsel as needed and approved.
• Reviews all public records requests and redacts any responsive records; completely handles complex public records requests involving major news organizations or litigious organizations such as the ACLU.
• Manages risk for the County by consulting with County insurers and by responding to letters threatening lawsuits from private attorneys.
• Litigates matters for which the County has not retained outside counsel.
• Drafts proposed legislation for consideration by the Board of Commissioners.
• Drafts and reviews economic development and intergovernmental agreements.
• Serves as legal counsel in enforcement matters for planning, building inspections, and environmental health departments.
• Consults with staff to prepare for quasi-judicial hearings before the Board of Commissioners, and Board of Adjustment.
• Attend ALL Board of Commissioner meetings.
• Reviews and responds to all subpoenas for County employees or documents.
• Drafts and reviews legislation, legal opinions, memorandum, reports or other legal documents as necessary and advising the Sheriff appropriately on legal matters pertaining to operations, policies and other aspects of Sheriff business.
• Reviews policies to ensure compliance with state and federal laws and accreditation standards and assists the Human Resources Director in policy implementation; reviews disciplinary files and internal investigations, and provides professional guidance on legal strategies, case assignments and appeals;
• Advises the Board of Commissioners and the County Manager on the legal consequences of their acts;
• Provides assistance in legal actions and proceedings brought by or against the Sheriff’s Office in state and federal courts and coordinating legal representation on civil litigation involving the Sheriff’s Office as necessary;
• Provides legal review for all contracts and legally binding agreements related to the county;
• Participates in meetings and conferences, as directed by the County Manager and Board of Commission.
• Serves as a liaison to other County departments on projects and issue;
• Performs related duties.
• The agency attorney should work with the county to bring only appropriate cases to the court.
• The agency attorney should counsel staff concerning the laws that support their positions and any legal barriers that may exist.
• The county attorney should present cases to the court in a professional, knowledgeable manner. The county attorney should ensure accurate testimony and correct any misstatements in the courtroom.
• The county attorney should present a positive image of the county at community functions and meetings.
Grade 28: $116,688.00 - $175,032.00
Salary is based on years of experience.
• Juris Doctor Degree, and 2 to 5 years of experience in the practice of law in a local government or experience in providing legal assistance in a government municipality or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities.
• *SPECIAL NOTE: Education beyond the secondary level must be from an institution recognized or accredited by the North Carolina State Education Department as a post-secondary, degree-granting institution.
• License to practice Law in the State of North Carolina. Must be available for emergency/on-call/after hour response. Valid North Carolina Driver’s License.
• Knowledge of modern office practices and procedures.
• Knowledge of county and departmental policies and procedures.
• Knowledge of computers and job-related software programs.
• Knowledge of file management principles.
• Skill in prioritizing and organizing work.
• Skill in the provision of customer services.
• Skill in the maintenance of files and records.
• Skill in the use of such office equipment as a computer, scanner, fax machine, and copier.
• Skill in oral and written communication.