The City of Delaware, Ohio, is seeking a well-rounded, innovative, strategic and responsive professional to provide general legal counsel to a full-service municipality. Under direction of the City Manager, the City Attorney provides legal guidance to City Council, City boards and commissions, the City Managers office and City departments including Planning and Development, Human Resources, Safety Forces, Public Utilities, Public Works and Parks. Major areas of responsibility include legislation, legal advice and formal opinions, litigation, contracts, real estate, land use, employment, civil rights and administrative law.

Delaware, located in Delaware County in Central Ohio, is the seat of county government and home to more than 41,000 people. The City of Delaware offers a well-maintained, family-oriented community within a sophisticated, urban atmosphere. It is both a mature City  marking its 212th year, and a growing City, thanks to a great quality of life, an affordable cost of living and close proximity to Columbus, the nations 15th largest metropolitan area.

Submit a cover letter and resume through the online application. All application materials are subject to Ohio public records laws. Deadline for application submission is Thursday, September 10, 2020.

Learn more about the City of Delaware and the position here.


Under the direction of the City Manager, the City Attorney serves as chief legal counsel and advisor for the City and for City officials and departments in all matters relating to their official duties and authorities. This position coordinates and implements all activities involving municipal legal affairs, including supervision of a paralegal.


  1. Provide legal services and counsel to City administration, City Council and all commissions and boards of the City.
  2. Provide guidance and direction for City ordinances and codes, regulations and standards, and ensure compliance with Federal, State, and local law.
  3. Prosecute or defend all civil suits or cases in which the City may be a party and supervise ongoing litigation.
  4. Prepare, approve and advise on the legality of all contracts, ordinances, resolutions and other agreements which involve the City.
  5. Attend all City Council meetings (most occurring in the evening hours) and serve as Parliamentarian; attend City management meetings, board and commission meetings as required and discussions with City, County, State and Federal officials and other governmental officials.
  6. Prepare reports, documentation and legal opinions in preparation for or as a result of meetings and discussions.
  7. May assist in labor negotiations with employee bargaining units and providing legal opinions and direction for human resources matters.
  8. May provide supervision and direction of the City prosecutorial staff, dependent on qualifications and experience.


  • Knowledge of municipal governments function and the Council-Manager form of government, Home Rule, Title VII of the Ohio Revised Code (law relating to municipal corporations), other Federal, State and local laws impacting local government operations, Codified Ordinances of the City of Delaware, collective bargaining rules and regulations, standard legal research, rules of fair and orderly public meetings.
  • Ability to interpret and advise on the application of policies, procedures and standards, translate legal terms and documents, render legal opinions which are clear and understandable, prepare and conduct litigation, conduct research and prepare detailed reports, correspondence and legal documents, develop and maintain effective working relationships, negotiate contracts, manage the work of others including employees and outside consultants, work independently, manage multiple tasks and balance priorities, respond immediately in crisis situations, maintain personal composure tactfully handling difficult situations and maintain confidentiality.
  • Highly skilled in effective communication, both oral and written, speaking before groups, computer applications (e.g. Microsoft Office), using tact, discretion, and independent judgement, meeting critical deadlines and negotiation and mediation techniques.
  • High level of proficiency in the City of Delaware’s leadership behaviors: strategic, problem solving, customer service, integrity, teamwork, empowerment, flexibility, cooperation, action oriented and time management.


  1. Conduct research and render legal opinions on all facets of law relating to City matters.
  2. Prepare and review legislation.
  3. Direct others in the preparation of evidence.
  4. Respond to inquiries of the City Manager and staff.
  5. Effectively and independently represent the City in court and administrative hearings.
  6. Review and make recommendations on proposed policy or procedural changes.
  7. Oversee work of paralegal and evaluate performance.
  8. Subject to “on-call” response to situations requiring immediate legal advice or action.
  9. May perform other duties as required


  • Majority of work is performed in an office environment or courtroom where the physical demands require sitting and standing for extended periods of time; frequent use of computers and standard office equipment; may work under stress of deadlines.
  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing or other communication capabilities, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to discern verbal instructions and to communicate effectively with others in person, in a court room, in large meeting spaces and over the telephone.
  • Sufficient visual acuity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to comprehend written work instructions and to review, evaluate and prepare a variety of written materials on a computer for extended periods of time.
  • Sufficient manual dexterity, with or without reasonable accommodation, which permits the employee to operate standard office equipment and computer systems.
  • Sufficient ability and strength to lift, carry, or otherwise move objects up to ten (10) pounds for varying distances.
  1. Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Attorney-at-law in good standing and duly authorized to practice of law in the State of Ohio; federal license is desirable.
  3. Five to ten years of progressive experience in municipal legal affairs or any combination of education, training and experience which provides the required advanced knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.
  4. Must be honest, dependable and trustworthy.

This position is part of the Management Pay Plan. Details about the compensation and benefits for this position can be found in the agreement by clicking here.

The class specification which appears above is intended to be sufficient merely to identify the class and be illustrative of the kinds of duties that may be assigned to the position allocated to the class and should not be interpreted to describe all of the duties which may be required of employees holding a position assigned to this class.

The City of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment Act (ADAAA), the City of Delaware will provide reasonable accommodations, upon reasonable request, to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

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