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County Counsel

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DEFINITION: Under general administrative direction, to plan, organize, and direct the legal activities and services of the County Counsel's office; and to do related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a Department Head class in which the incumbent is responsible for the administration and direction of a staff engaged in representing the county in civil actions, rendering legal opinions, and performing other legal services on a wide variety of subjects.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: Serves as legal counsel for the Board of Supervisors and other county officials, including boards, commissions, school districts of claims against the county; attends meetings of the Board of Supervisors; prepares ordinances and resolutions; does legal research and gives oral or written opinions on a variety of legal problems; prepares or reviews contracts and other legal documents; acts as liaison with other governmental agencies on legal problems; works with state and federal law-making bodies and executives on laws and matters of county concern; supervises the selection, assignment, development, and evaluation of subordinate personnel; prepares or directs the preparation of regular or special reports; participates in policy and planning conferences; advises all county officers and employees as to their duties and actions which may be taken as well as the legality of such actions.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Active membership in the State Bar of California; and:

1. Broad, extensive, and progressively responsible administrative experience with a legal staff in giving legal counsel and representation to governmental agencies; or,
2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Knowledge of: legal principles and their applications; administrative and constitutional law.

Ability to: analyze and apply legal principles and precedents to local government problems; draft rules and regulations; plan and supervise departmental activities; direct, train, and evaluate the work of subordinate employees; win the confidence and cooperation of others.


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