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Assistant County Counselor

Date: Feb 23, 2021

Location: Wichita, KS, US

Company: Sedgwick County

Department:  Cnty Counselor 

Pay:  $77,037.00 annually 

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm 

This position assists the County Counselor and the Deputy County Counselor with protecting the County’s legal interests in all matters in which the County is involved, including the advising of the Board of County Commissioners, department heads and other county officials as assigned. Assures that the County is properly represented in legal proceedings as assigned, and that contracts, deeds, bonds, and other official documents are approved for form and legality (as assigned).

 

Advises the County Commissioners, elected officials, county manager and division/department heads (as assigned) on questions of law pertaining to County business.

  • Attends meetings of the Board of County Commissioners as required.
  • Responds to inquiries made by commissioners and other county officials.
  • Prepares resolutions, briefs, opinions, pleadings and other legal papers; conducts necessary legal research; maintains case records and prepares reports.
  • Reviews case law and legislation for impact on County business.
  • Examines and advises on deeds, bonds, contracts and other documents.

Represents and coordinates the representation of County’s interests in all matters related to Contracts, Employment Law and County Resolutions as well as provide legal representation to County entities on matters regarding Governance and Public Policy.

  • Review, prepare and edit policies, resolutions, contracts and opinions, in addition to other legal papers; participate in administrative hearings.

Examines claims, lawsuits and demands against the County to determine their legality.

  • Prosecutes interests of or defends interests of County in demands, claims and litigation involving the County as assigned.

 

Minimum Qualifications: Doctorate of Jurisprudence from an accredited law school. Three years of experience in the practice of law as it relates to local units of government or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Admitted to the Bar of the State of Kansas. Eligible to practice law before the courts of the State of Kansas and the Federal District Court for the District of Kansas. Knowledge of the methods and practices of legal research. Proficiency in performing legal research electronically, accessing court documents, Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, PowerPoint and Outlook. Knowledge of the methods and practices of civil prosecution and civil defense, effective trial techniques and the presentation of evidence. Knowledge of the common law, State and Federal laws and regulations, state and local court rules. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing. Ability to analyze and organize facts in complex cases, to apply the law to them, and to present arguments thereon in clear and concise fashion, both orally and in writing. Ability to deal tactfully and effectively with elected and appointed officials, County management and employees, the courts and the public.

 

Preferred Qualifications: Five years of experience is preferred in the practice of law as it relates to local units of government or any equivalent combination of training, which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

 

It is the policy of Sedgwick County not to discriminate in its programs or services provided to the general public, including employment and all other activities, on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, disability, veteran status or any other similarly protected status. Sedgwick County is committed to making the application, interview, and pre-employment testing process accessible to persons with disabilities. If you wish to volunteer information regarding any special assistance you may need, please notify Human Resources by phone at (316) 660-7050, TDD (Kansas Relay at 711 or 800-766-3777). Do not use this phone number for employment questions. This number is provided only for those requiring ADA assistance. You will be contacted should the department feel that you are a qualified candidate.


Nearest Major Market: Wichita

Job Segment: Law, Public Policy, Legal, Government