The Assistant County Attorney is responsible for preparing legal opinions, contracts, and other legal documents; drafting legislation; performing extensive legal research in many areas of the law; representing the County in various administrative and judicial proceedings; and addressing various legal matters which arise and affect the County on a daily basis.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The following duties are representative of the work required for this job. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.
- Prepares legal opinions for the Mayor, Board of Commissioners, and County departments.
- Prepares and files simple to complex legal documents for the prosecution or defense of assigned cases.
- Prepares and tries assigned cases.
- Handles the routine claims made by or against the County.
- Performs legal research in many areas of the law, including the interpretation and applicability of local, state, and federal laws and judicial procedures relating to the Mayor, Board of Commissioners, and various County departments.
- Drafts ordinances and resolutions to submit to the Mayor and Board of Commissioners for adoption.
- Attends Board of Commissioners meetings and various County committee meetings as a legal advisor and parliamentarian.
- Represents the County at assigned administrative hearings.
- Prepares and develops contracts and various legal instruments to which the County is a party, including grants, agreements, and deeds and leases of County property.
- Reviews and interprets various contracts and legal documents.
- Gives general advice through telephone conferences and correspondence.
Education, Training and Experience:
The Assistant County Attorney must be a graduate of an accredited three (3)-year law school with an LLB or JD degree and have the training and experience necessary to perform the duties and task required by this position.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
The Assistant County Attorney must be knowledgeable of the following principles, procedures, and concepts:
- Knowledge of local, state and federal laws.
- Knowledge of judicial procedures and rules of evidence.
- Knowledge of County ordinances and an understanding of their accepted interpretations.
- Ability to draft legal instruments, proposed legislation, and legal opinions.
- Knowledge of personal computers and relevant office software.
- Ability to maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, administrative officials, local government staff, and with members of the general public.
- Knowledge of the organizational, functional and legal limitations of the authority of the Mayor, Board of Commissioners and County staff.
- Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing on complex legal subjects.
- Ability to analyze, appraise, and organize facts, evidence, and precedents and to effectively present such material orally and in writing.
Necessary Special Requirements
- Possession of a valid Georgia Motor Vehicle Operator's License.
- Member in good standing with the State Bar of Georgia.