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Chief Assistant County Counsel

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DEFINITION: Under general direction, manages a division of attorneys and assists the County Counsel in formulating and implementing the department's policies and procedures and in planning, organizing, and directing the activities of the department; supervises, advises, and counsels attorneys; provides, directly and through subordinate staff, legal services to County and district departments and officials in the most complex circumstances; and performs related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is an at-will assistant department head class in which incumbents relieve the Department Head of many legal and administrative duties and act for the Department Head during absences or as directed. Incumbents are exempt from Civil Service and serve at the pleasure of the County Counsel.


1. Manages a division of attorneys and supervises the activities and work of attorneys. Assigns civil cases to deputies for preparation and trial; prepares and supervises the preparation of legal papers in civil cases; helps and directs deputies in handling civil cases, and in giving legal advice to County agencies and districts.
2. Consults with and advises deputies on questions of evidence, law, and procedure pertaining to particular problems; prepares, supervises, and reviews for approval the preparation of legal opinions for the Board of Supervisors, County officers and departments, certain special districts, public school districts, and public officials.
3. Handles the most difficult, important, time-consuming, and critical civil litigation and administrative hearings in all fields.
4. Trains newer staff attorneys; supervises the maintenance of the office law library and keeps it up to date.
5. Reviews important new legislation and prepares ordinances and resolutions required thereby or related thereto; drafts proposed State legislation for submission to State legislators. Appears before State legislative committees on proposed legislation affecting the County or districts.
6. Assists in budget preparation; interviews and screens applicants for vacant positions in the office.
7. Advises the County Grand Jury, and performs related duties as required.


Active membership in the State Bar of California, and:

1. Five years of progressively responsible experience as an attorney giving legal counsel to governmental agencies or departments, including one year of administrative responsibility and one year of experience supervising attorneys; or,
2. one year of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Deputy County Counsel, Senior, or two years equivalent to Deputy County Counsel IV, with Santa Barbara County; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License.

Knowledge of: duties, powers, limitations, and authorities of the County Counsel; organization, powers, and limitations of federal, state, county and other local governmental functions and the California Constitution; the principles, interpretations, and applications of the law as it relates to county government; trial procedures and rules of evidence; principles and practices of supervision and of personnel management.

Ability to: demonstrate extremely high degree of legal ability and skill; appraise, interpret, and apply legal principles and precedents to difficult problems; prepare, present, and effectively conduct difficult and important trials, appeals, and administrative hearings; keep abreast of significant new legal developments; use and instruct in the use of legal research methods; give legal advice, instructions, and counsel to subordinates; assign, direct, coordinate, and supervise the work of others; work effectively with others.


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