Assistant City Attorney & Municipal Court Prosecutor

ASSISTANT CITY ATTORNEY/MUNICIPAL COURT PROSECUTOR

GENERAL PURPOSE:  Under general supervision and direction of the City Attorney assists in handling municipal court prosecution, and provides counsel, advice, and direction in all aspects of legal representation for the City of New Braunfels (City). 

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.

Serves as the primary Municipal Court Prosecutor and represents the City and its departments in all Municipal Court matters including cases on appeal to higher courts.

Serves as the primary attorney in responding to requests made under the Public Information Act, including drafting briefs to the Attorney General, and is responsible for all other required correspondence, deadlines, and complaints under the Act.

Meets with citizens, other public officials, defense attorneys and the general public to discuss and negotiate resolution of municipal court cases.

Performs legal research; responsible for drafting and reviewing ordinances, letters, memoranda, contracts, leases, easements, correspondence, deeds, resolutions, affidavits, liens, releases, and other documents for legal review.

Stays informed of new and/or updated laws, court decisions, and regulations in consultation with the City Attorney.

Provides legal advice, both verbally and in writing, to City employees and Departments; makes determinations of application and legality of ordinances, policies, procedures, regulations and practices.

Attends court hearings; administrative hearings; settlement conferences; City Council meetings; City Board, Commission, and Committee meetings; special meetings; and work sessions as directed by the City Attorney.

Must project a positive attitude and professional image of the City by providing accurate, timely and accessible information when dealing with city employee, officials, or members of the public;

Will be required to provide training as requested for all city departments on open records laws, as well as training for the police department on law enforcement subject matters, and training for code enforcement officers, park rangers, and other employees that may file cases with the municipal court.   

Performs other duties as assigned or required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Education and Experience:

Juris Doctorate Degree is required. 

Must have a minimum of 3 years as a licensed practicing attorney in Texas.

 Prosecutorial and municipal law experience is preferred.

Required Licenses or Certifications:

Must possess a valid Texas Driver’s License.

Licensed to practice law in the State of Texas.

Required Knowledge of:

Working knowledge of municipal law, local government, or state government law.

City organization, operations, policies and procedures.

City, county, state and Federal laws, regulations, codes and ordinances.

Current legislative, political, and economic trends in state and Federal governmental activities.

Principles and practices of administrative and legal management including personnel rules/policies.

Correct English grammar, composition, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary.

Required Skill in:

Ability to work in a fast-paced legal environment handling numerous, varied tasks and responsibilities with competing deadlines.

Ability to work well in coordination with other legal team members.

Interpreting, understanding and applying laws and regulations, City policies and procedures, and applicable Federal and state rules and regulations.

Using initiative and independent judgment within established legal and procedural guidelines.

Maintaining confidentiality as appropriate for the situation.

Collecting data, preparing reports, and effectively presenting statistical and conceptual information.

Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with City employees and Departments; law enforcement; local, state and regional agencies; and the general public.

Communicating clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing; preparing and presenting clear and concise documents and correspondence.

Maintaining cooperative working relationships with elected officials, employees, vendors, contractors, and the general public.

Assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands; effective time management and resource utilization.

Operating a personal computer utilizing a variety of business software involving word processing, spreadsheets and report generation.

State and Federal rules of procedure and evidence.

Physical Demands / Work Environment: 

Work is performed in an office environment subject to sitting, standing, bending, and reaching for extended periods of time; and must be able to safely pull, push, lift, and carry items weighing up to forty (40) pounds.

Must be able to work irregular hours including evenings.

Will be required to work immediately before, during or immediately after an emergency or disaster.

NOTE:  This position is designated safety and/or security sensitive.

Starting minimum salary range is $73,792 – $80,000 per year based on experience and qualifications. Benefits include Texas Municipal Retirement System; paid vacation and sick leave accrual; medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. EOE

This position is open until filled.

Click on the following link to apply:  https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/cityofnewbraunfels