Attorney IV – Civil (General Counsel)

Salary                                                                                     Location 

$96,417 – $144,625 Annually                                   San Marcos, TX

Job Type                                                                               Job Number

Full-Time Regular                                                                  202200453

Department                                                                            Opening Date

Criminal District Attorney                                                      08/29/2023


Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, include the responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics listed below. This list of responsibilities is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  Other duties may be assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Under the guidance and general supervision of the elected Criminal District Attorney, responsibilities are as follows:


  • Renders oral and written legal opinions to the County Judge and Commissioners on matters relating to the operation of County government.
  • Functions as an assistant legal counsel to Commissioners Court.
  • Renders legal decisions resulting in countywide, long-term implications.
  • Attends regular and special meetings of the Hays County Commissioners Court, as needed, to provide legal advice and clarify County policy, as requested.
  • Drafts and recommends approval of County ordinances and resolutions.
  • Drafts and recommends approval of deeds, easements, rights-of-way, releases, contracts, and other instruments binding the County to financial agreements and obligations.
  • Research’s, drafts, and advises on open government, conflict of interest, county government, tort, contract, employment, constitutional, and election laws.
  • Remains informed of state and federal legislation and judicial decisions that might impact county government.
  • Conducts legal research as needed.
  • Develops, recommends, and implements policies, plans, and procedures to advance the Hays County Criminal District Attorney’s Office mission, goals, and objectives.
  • Assesses legal and political implications of departmental actions within the County.
  • Assists in developing strategic planning for departments within the County.
  • Monitors the work of any outside attorneys hired by or provided for the County.
  • Assists in the representation of the County in all civil legal matters.
  • Assists in the representation of the State in bond forfeiture cases.
  • Assists in the representation of the State in asset forfeiture cases.
  • Represents the State when local hospitals and private citizens apply for Emergency Orders of Detention and Orders of Protective Custody in mental health cases.
  • Renders advice and opinions to the County on environmental law concerns.

Represents he State when private citizens seek Orders of Protection.  

  • Researches performs an analysis, and drafts concerning Public Information Act requests.
  • Drafts and submits requests for ruling to the Texas Attorney General on a broad array of County records.
  • Responds to subpoenas seeking production of County records and records of County officials.
  • Advises, interacts with, and/or represents Law Enforcement agencies within County government regarding a broad array of legal issues, including but not limited to Collective Bargaining, employment matters, administration, and F-5 Appeals.
  • Plans casework, reviews physical evidence, interviews witnesses, prepares trial exhibits, files motions and briefs, negotiates pleas, selects juries, drafts jury arguments for verdicts and sentences, and tries cases.
  • Conducts negotiations and other legal discussions with opposing counsel, including pre-trial legal issues, and discovery issues.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education and/or Experience

  • Requires Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school.
  • Requires 10 years legal experience with governmental entities, including but not limited to the Texas Public Information Act and Interlocal Cooperation Agreements.

Other Qualifications, Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • State of Texas licensed attorney.  
  • Ability to maintain continuing education requirements for the State of Texas.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word.
  • Must possess a valid Texas Driver’s License.
  • Must pass criminal background check.

Emotional Demands

This position must handle a stress level of dealing with groups and large numbers of argumentative or emotional contacts within the public and Hays County departments. The Assistant Criminal District Attorney meets with contacts in a structured setting at Hays County facilities or courtroom. This position may have to persuade, influence, motivate, or control situations where individuals may be fearful, skeptical, or uncooperative.  This position may have to settle matters involving controversial issues involving persons of diverse viewpoints.

 Physical Demands                                                                                                       

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 essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to:

  • Use of his/her hands and fingers to handle or feel.
  • Reach with hands and arms.
  • Smell.
  • Talk.
  • Hear.  
  • Occasionally stand, walk, kneel, or stoop.
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


Hays County


712 S. Stagecoach Trail, Suite 1063

San Marcos, Texas, 78666