Overview

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City of Lakewood’s Statement of Excellence

The City of Lakewood is dedicated to upholding City values including: Performance Excellence, Leadership, Respect and Collaboration. Best fit candidates will demonstrate innovation, customer service, dedication, passion and engagement. All people, citizens and employees, will be treated with respect, relevance, and importance.

JOB SUMMARY

The City Attorney provides management of the City Attorney’s Office and serves as the chief legal advisor to City Council, City boards and commissions, City departments and City staff.

The City Council shall appoint a City Attorney who, at the time of appointment, shall be licensed to practice in Colorado. The City Attorney shall serve at the pleasure of the City Council and at a compensation fixed by the City Council. The City Council may retain special counsel upon its own motion or upon the request of the City Attorney. This position is required to submit monthly written updates to City Council. The City Attorney will report directly to the City Council, and performance will be evaluated on an annual basis and at the discretion of City Council. The City Attorney performs legal work exclusively for the City of Lakewood and may not be employed by or have any partnership/ownership interest in a law firm.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
  • The City Attorney shall be the chief legal counsel of the City and the legal advisor to the City Council, City Manager, all departments of the City and boards and commissions. The City Attorney shall perform such other duties as the City Council may direct;
  • Plans, organizes, and directs all legal services, programs and activities for the City;
  • Prepares and/or reviews policy, drafts of ordinances, resolutions, contracts, deeds, leases, land use matters, and other legal documents as requested by City Council or City Manager;
  • Prepares or oversees civil cases for trial and investigates claims and complaints by or against the City; tries or oversees cases before the County, State, and/or Federal courts;
  • Prepares legal opinions of routine to complex nature for City Council, City Manager, departments, and City Boards and Commissions;
  • Attends City Council, quasi-judicial, and various other meetings to advise on legal problems and questions;
  • Provides status reports as requested to City Council on litigation matters and other important legal matters;
  • Keeps City officials and employees apprised of new legal developments affecting City operations;
  • Prosecutes or oversees the prosecution of ordinance violations and litigates other City cases in court and before other legally constituted tribunals;
  • Performs other duties, projects, and responsibilities at the City Council’s discretion.

SUPERVISORY DUTIES:

  • The City Attorney shall appoint, promote, suspend, transfer, and remove City employees of the office of the City Attorney in accordance with the provisions of the personnel merit system;
  • Selects, trains, supports and evaluates legal department personnel; assigns, and directs work; addresses complaints and resolves problems;
  • Oversees private law firms retained to assist the city with specialized legal matters;
  • Provides meaningful, timely employee feedback and appraisals; effectively manages performance by rewarding, addressing performance issues, and assigning discipline;
  • Demonstrates trust, collaboration, innovation, accountability, continuous improvement, and performance management skills with employees to strategically meet goals and objectives;
  • Fosters a participatory organizational climate that is trusting, transparent, positive, and supportive;
  • Demonstrates a long-term perspective through the coaching and development of employees to meet succession planning goals.

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS

Supervision Given
Supervises the Deputy City Attorneys.

Education

  • Juris Doctorate from a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association required.

Required Experience and Qualifications

  • A minimum of fifteen (15) years of increasingly responsible experience as a practicing attorney which has included at least five (5) years experience in supervising other attorneys required.
  • Requires an equivalent combination of education, training, or work experience, that provides the knowledge, skill, and ability required to perform the essential functions of the position.
  • Demonstrated the highest ethical standards and conduct as a member of the bar.

Licensure/Certification/Registration

  • Requires a license to practice law in Colorado and a member in good standing.

Desired Qualifications

  • 5 years practice in municipal, county or other governmental law fields;
  • Familiarity with the Colorado legal community and state resources;
  • Significant transactional experience;
  • Significant litigation experience;
  • Experience with municipal criminal prosecution;
  • Experience with Colorado Home Rule Law.

Other Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City Council and the City Manager;
  • Ability to effectively establish, administer, demonstrate and maintain sound management principles, practices and methods;
  • Demonstrated interpersonal, oral and written communication skills to perceive and appropriately respond to customers’ needs, including strong public speaking skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to use relevant software including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint), and legal research tools, such as LexisNexis, Colorado Courts E-filing, etc;
  • Ability to act with tact, good judgment, and discretion;
  • Ability to effectively work with individuals under stressful conditions, and ability to maintain the confidentiality of matters;
  • Demonstrated analytical skills including the ability to gather and analyze data, identify problems, compare results, and consider options for solutions;
  • Demonstrated project management skills and abilities, including the ability to determine overall plans, outline tasks, delegate responsibilities, set deadlines, get feedback, review and report results;
  • Ability to read, understand, interpret, and apply personnel policies and procedures; has knowledge of legal standards and rules of safety and conduct, and is able to communicate and enforce these standards and rules.

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Lifting and Carrying
Must be able to lift and carry notebooks, files and supplies weighing up to 10 pounds, using assistance as needed.

Body Positions
Stands and sits for long periods of time. Moves about among offices, courtrooms and City buildings. Bends, reaches and stoops to retrieve files, notebooks, etc.

Hearing
Must be able to respond to all communication from coworkers, attorneys, court personnel, clients and others. Ability to listen and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Vision
Uses vision to read and duplicate reports and other written materials. Must be able to read computer screen.

MENTAL REQUIREMENTS
Mathematics
Must have math skills to include using calculator in management of budget.

Remembering
Must remember details of court cases, witness information, as well as legal terms and procedures.

Language Ability
Must be able to communicate clearly and accurately both orally and in writing so that others understand. Must read, understand and interpret a variety of complex written legal documents, citations, reports, etc.

Reasoning
Must interpret and apply laws and established guidelines to a variety of situations.
Must make timely and accurate decisions that may have a negative impact on others.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
Work is performed in an office setting and in a courtroom.
Work may involve frequent interruptions and some interaction with individuals who may be upset, angry or frustrated.
Position involves dealing with issues that may be highly sensitive.

EQUIPMENT USED
Telephone
Fax machine
Computer hardware and software
Calculator
Personal automobile

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