Gaston County Attorney

Gaston County Government
November 12, 2021
128 West Main Ave., Gastonia, NC
Billing Address
PO Box 1578 Gastonia NC 28053
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Closing Date
Open Until Filled


The duties listed below are not all of the duties that may be assigned but are those that are considered as essential for an employee to perform.

  • Confers with and provides legal advice and assistance to the Board of County Commissioners; attends meetings of the Board.
  • Provides legal advice to departments, boards, agencies, officials, and employees of the County in the areas of health, social services, education, law enforcement, planning, finance, taxation, and administration.
  • Represents the Board and agencies before the courts and administrative bodies; defends the County in legal actions brought against it.
  • Drafts and reviews ordinances and resolutions for the Board of Commissioners, prepares drafts of bills the Commissioners plan to suggest to the North Carolina General Assembly, advises the Board, Manager, and departments on proposed legislation.
  • Prepares and reviews documents including complaints, answers, petitions, contracts, leases, deeds, easements, performance bonds, legal notices, and papers relating to bond issues.
  • Represents the County in legal actions involved in the collection of ad valorem taxes.
  • Attends professional meetings and legal education conferences.
  • Prepares and administers the departmental budget; directs and supervises the work of departmental personnel.
  • Does legal research and prepares reports and correspondence.
  • Performs related work as required.


Competitive Salary


Graduation from an accredited school of law and at least five years experience in the practice of law, preferably public law. Must possess a license to practice law in the State of North Carolina. The applicant selected must undergo a criminal background check and pass a drug screening test prior to employment.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Applicant must have thorough knowledge of legal principles, precedents, and practices, particularly as they apply to the functions of local government. Applicant must have thorough knowledge of the principles of administrative and constitutional law. Applicant must have thorough knowledge of current legislation affecting counties and the Board of Commissioners. Applicant must have considerable knowledge of county government organization, practices, and problems. Applicant must have the ability to analyze the legal aspects of governmental problems and to provide sound advice and assistance to officials. Applicant must have the ability to present statements of fact, law, and argument clearly and persuasively. Applicant must have the ability to deal effectively with officials, the courts, and the public. Applicant must have the ability to direct and review the work of a professional and clerical staff. Applicant must have the ability to maintain effective working relationships with other employees.


Gorgeous landscapes, charming towns, abundant parks, beautiful views, plentiful trails, entertaining events and easy river access. These qualities define Gaston County and make it a prime location for outdoor activities and recreation.

Whether you hike, bike, paddle or climb, the natural spaces in Gaston County don’t disappoint. While most people are familiar with Crowders Mountain and its amazing views from two towering peaks, there are many other iconic sites to see in and around our county. Rankin Lake Park, Catawba River and South Fork Catawba River, Poston Park, Rocky Branch Park, and the U.S National Whitewater Center are all available for the public to access throughout the year. Miles of river waters and densely forested single tracks beckon those who seek quiet solitude or the thrill of an adrenaline rush.

Many in the County look to the waterways as a source of power for the community, but also as a resource for recreation and renewal. Today, new industries are growing in a welcoming environment for entrepreneurs. The cities and townships that were once forged by the textile mills have become attractive destinations for people looking for calmer streets where they can walk, and their children can safely play. In fact, many of the magnificent mill structures currently standing like silent sentries to a community’s past are now being reimagined and redeveloped as shops, offices, and well preserved historic homes.