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Chief Deputy County Counsel

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DEFINITION: Under general direction, supervises and directs the work of a division of attorney's in the County Counsel's office; provides legal advice and guidance to the Board of Supervisors, other county departments, school districts and special districts; performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a single position management classification that serves under the direction of the Chief Assistant County Counsel. It is distinguished from the latter classification, which is at the assistant department head level where incumbents relieve the department head of many legal and administrative duties and act for the department head during absences or as directed. The Chief Assistant County Counsel is further distinguished from the class of Deputy County Counsel Senior by the Chief Assistant's administrative and supervisory role in the division.


1. Supervises a division of attorneys in the County Counsel's office; assigns and monitors work; coordinates the provision of services to clients of the County Counsel.
2. Participates in the selection of professional and paraprofessional staff; provides training to staff; identifies areas for employee development, and provides or ensures needed training; establishes standards and evaluates performance; recommends a variety of personnel actions, such as merit increases, disciplinary actions, and promotions for attorneys in the division.
3. Directly or through subordinates provides legal advice to County departments by providing written or oral opinions on complex legal issues.
4. Litigates cases in various courts as necessary.


1. Five years of broad and progressively responsible experience as an attorney giving legal counsel to governmental agencies or departments, including two years of administrative responsibilities and leadworker duties in a public agency legal office; or,
2. two years of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Deputy County Counsel Senior; 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: Active membership in the State Bar of California. Possession of a valid California Driver's License.

Knowledge of: duties, powers, limitations, and authority of the County Counsel; organization, powers, and limitations of Federal, State, County and other local governmental functions; interpretations of applicable laws as they relate to county government; principles and application of civil law; research methods and judicial procedures; statutory and constitutional laws of the State of California; administrative law and procedures; management principles and practices; operations and management of a legal office; human resources administration, and effective supervisory techniques.

Ability to: demonstrate an extremely high degree of legal ability and skill in trying cases, writing opinions, interpreting the law, and advising clients; provide effective orientation and training for subordinate staff; assign, direct, coordinate, and supervise the work of deputies; help deputies appraise, interpret, and apply legal principles and precedents to difficult problems; keep abreast of important new legal developments; effectively and concisely communicate an understanding of complex legal aspects of government to County officials and employees without legal training; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other office staff members, departmental representatives, elected County officials, members of advisory and policy-making bodies, legislative representatives, the courts, and the public.

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