The Town of Garner is seeking a highly motivated and capable Town Attorney to help guide Town Council and staff through the many challenges and opportunities that come with being a rapidly growing community. The previous Town Attorney, who was under contract with a law firm, retired after 30-plus years of service. The Town has chosen to bring the position in-house, so the successful candidate will have the chance to help mold the position. As the only attorney on staff, this position will have significant involvement in every aspect of Town operations and will have frequent contact with Town Council and staff members. The Town Attorney will report to the Town Council and will be a key member of the Towns management team, working closely with the Town Manager and department heads to make decisions, as well as solve and prevent problems.Duties include drafting and reviewing contracts and negotiating contract terms; researching and drafting ordinances, resolutions, leases, deeds, and other legal documents; acquiring real estate interests; interpreting policies, rules and regulations and rendering legal opinions in both oral and written forms. Attends regular and special Council meetings and advises Council on conflicts of interest, meeting procedures and legal issues. May represent the Town in civil proceedings and in litigation independently or in partnership with outside counsel. Serves as a Department Director and develops and maintains legal department budget and serves as a member of the Towns management team.A law degree from a recognized school of law and considerable professional legal experience, preferably in a local government setting, or an equivalent combination of experience and education.

The successful candidate has a proven track record and:

  • Considerable knowledge of the functions of municipal governments.
  • Considerable knowledge of legal principles, precedents, and practices and their application to functions of local government.
  • Considerable knowledge of the North Carolina General Statutes, environmental and natural resources laws, administrative law and State and Federal Constitutional law.
  • Considerable knowledge of current legislation affecting municipalities and boards.
  • Considerable knowledge of the Towns policies and procedures and of the Towns organization, departments, and functions.
  • Considerable knowledge of judicial and quasi-judicial procedures and the rules of evidence.
  • General working knowledge of the application of information technology to work tasks.
  • Strong analytical and writing skills.
  • Skill in collaborative conflict resolution, negotiation, and meeting facilitation.
  • Ability to analyze the legal aspects of governmental problems and to provide sound advice and assistance to officials.
  • Ability to present facts, law, and arguments clearly, logically, and persuasively in both written and oral forms.
  • Ability to draft ordinances, regulations, policies, rules, opinions and orders.
  • Ability to interpret and apply constitutional provisions, statutes, administrative regulations, court decisions and other precedents.
  • Ability to conduct legal research and analyze facts, evidence, and legal instruments.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, Town Manager and department heads and other employees, outside attorneys and the public.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment.

The position is open until filled, but the initial round of screening will begin on August 10, 2020.

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