Assistant City Attorney

Job Description Code: CA15

Effective: 01/30/2024

Salary Range

$80,531.08 -$116,770.07 Annually

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Job Description

Prosecute Class “C” misdemeanors in Municipal Court; advise officers of the Police Department regarding criminal legal procedures; conduct legal and investigative research; draft and review legal memoranda, policies, ordinances and other legal documents; assist City Attorney and Deputy City Attorney as directed.

Example of Duties

Perform legal research and draft memoranda, policies, ordinances, and other legal documents.

Prosecute Class “C” misdemeanors in Municipal Court of Record and appeals therefrom to the County Court; research, review, and analyze criminal statutes and case law; assist court personnel as required.

Advise police officers regarding legal issues pertaining to detection, investigation, and prosecution of criminal cases; provide training to police officers

regarding changes in criminal law and procedure.

Review and respond to Public Information requests and seek determinations by the Attorney General as required.

Assist the City Attorney as assigned in advising City departments and officials regarding legal issues and inquiries.

Attend various City Council, board, commission, and departmental meetings to provide legal assistance as instructed by the City Attorney.

Comply with continuing legal education requirements established by the State Bar of Texas and all other requirements to maintain law license.

Contribute to team effort by performing other related duties as assigned.

Regular and timely attendance at work.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctorate/LL.B. from an ABA accredited law school.

Licensed to practice law in the State of Texas with membership in good standing in the State Bar of Texas.


Previous criminal law experience, preferably as a prosecutor for a city or county.

Previous municipal law experience.

KSA’s and Physical Requirements Knowledge of:

Local, state, and federal laws governing City administration including, but not limited to City codes, ordinances and Charter, authority of home rule cities,

Public Information Act, Code Enforcement, and other aspects of law unique to municipalities

Spreadsheet software and Word Processing software

Skill in:

Strategically applying legal rules in court Writing legal documents and instruments Analyzing legal documents and instruments

Maintaining sensitive and confidential information

Prioritizing, organizing and managing multiple projects

Communicating effectively with a variety of individuals in writing and verbally

Ability to:

Read, comprehend, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations, and proofread legal and non-legal documents

Write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals utilizing strong spelling and grammar skills

Perform extensive research using West Law computer-based research Effectively present both oral and written

information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public

Calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume

Apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry

Define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions

Interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables

To read and interpret Federal and State constitutions, statutes, court opinions, and administrative rules; Ability to perform online legal research service through the Internet and West Law

Exercise good judgment based on instructions from supervisor; Ability to perform tasks with a limited amount of supervision

Produce quality work that demonstrates clarity, conciseness, and thoroughness Communicate and interact effectively with a diverse group of individuals including supervisor, council, peers, citizens, and the general public at large, maintaining professionalism at all times

Make reasonable decisions, weighing impact on the City and the community Demonstrate law-related writing skills including proper citation form

Establish and maintain effective working relationships

Present a “positive” image of the City at all times

Operate a personal vehicle for City business; pager; telephone; cell phone; fax machine; copier; and other related office equipment

Perform extensive research using West Law computer-based research Calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume; Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Tasks involve the ability to exert light physical effort in a sedentary to light work, but which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of light weight (5-10 pounds). Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or work station. Some tasks require visual and sound perception and discrimination and oral communication ability.