Overview

Thank you for your interest in employment with the City of Longview –
Longview is a great place to live, work and play!
Located along the scenic Columbia River Basin 45 miles north of Portland, Oregon and 145 miles south of Seattle, Longview (pop 38,350) is a comfortable and affordable rural community with easy access to larger city amenities and abundant outdoor recreational activities. The City is a progressive and stable agency that operates under a Council/Manager form of government.
Reporting to the City Manager, the City Attorney is responsible for directing and managing the overall operations of the City’s Legal department. Specific duties could include: managing 3 Disctric Court Prosecutors and 1 Legal Technician, include hiring and firing decisions; establishing policies and procedures; providing legal advice and formal opinions to city staff, boards, commissions, agencies, and the City Council; drafting and reviewing legislation; developing and reviewing contracts; and representing the City in matters of civil litigation. The City Attorney is distinguished from the Senior Attorney in that it is the top legal position in the City, and is responsible for the management of all legal activities and staff.

To Apply: Please complete the City’s on-line application process with a thorough list of education, training and experience; attach a cover letter and resume; and complete the supplemental questions by creating a Word document to attach to your application packet. When you are attaching documents, please add your name in the title. Additional attachments are welcome, but not required.

Position is open until filled with a first review of applications occurring the week of August 17th.

Regular attendance is an expectation of all positions in cluding attendance at City Council, Planning Commission, Board of Adjustment, LEOFF I Board, Public Development Authority, and Revolving Loan Fund meetings.
Conducts and directs the enforcement of City ordinances and codes, regulations and standards, and ensures compliance with Federal, State, and local law.
Directs the implementation of City-wide legal policy and operational goals in response to service demands and consistent with performance standards.
Conducts and directs the development, review, interpretation, and enforcement of contracts for the City on a variety of subjects including real estate, development, intergovernmental interests, loans and financing, personnel, and other agreements.
Prepares and oversees the preparation of reports for information and action for the Mayor, City Council, City Manager and City staff, and City Boards and Commissions; researches and provides legal opinions.
Responds to inquiries from law enforcement personnel, the general public, the media, and/or other interested parties.
Conducts a variety of legal research, analysis, and document preparation related to cases, statutes, records, and related information to determine applicable arguments and potential case outcomes; drafts ordinances, resolutions, contracts, agreements, and/or other legal documents.
Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.
Juris Doctorate degree; and 5-7 years of legal management experience.
Licensing requirements may vary in accordance with assigned area.
Typical requirements:
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Washington State Bar Association (Licensed)
Knowledge of:
  • Management principles;
  • General Legal principles and practices;
  • Public sector prosecution and mediation principles and practices;
  • Personnel administration principles and practices;
  • Budget management and principles and practices;
  • City organization and management;
  • Legal research tools and methods and related software programs;
  • Applicable City policies and ordinances;
  • Applicable Federal, State, and local laws, rules, and regulations.
Skill in:
  • Overseeing staff;
  • Maintaining courtroom etiquette;
  • Performing research and analysis;
  • Negotiating contracts;
  • Developing and enforcing contracts;
  • Legal document and report preparation;
  • Presenting in courtrooms to other groups;
  • Using a computer and related software applications;
  • Communication and interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.

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