This position provides professional legal services for the City of The Dalles. Advises City Council, City Manager, and all Boards and Commissions on all legal matters and those with potential legal implications for The City. Prepares legal documents, renders legal opinions and represents the City in civil proceedings. Reviews draft policies and contractual documents created by other departments.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Represents the City in court and before quasi-judicial or administrative agencies of government.
Municipal court prosecution of violations of City ordinances and traffic laws.
Gathers evidence in civil, criminal, and other cases to formulate defense or to initiate legal action.
Conducts research, interviews clients, and witnesses and handles other details in preparation for trial.
Prepares legal pleadings and briefs, develops strategy, arguments and testimony in preparation for presentation of case; files pleadings and briefs with the court.
Interprets federal, state and local laws, rulings, and regulations for City officials and staff.
Confers with colleagues with specialty in area of law to establish and verify basis for legal proceedings; serves as a liaison between outside legal counsel and city officials on specialize legal issues.
Prepares a variety of studies, reports and related information for decision-making purposes.
Drafts and reviews ordinances, resolutions, contracts, agreements, deeds, leases, franchises, etc.; reviews documents prepared by other agencies or parties.
Approves City documents as to legal form.
Oversees property liability and risk management functions which include acting as a liaison between the City and its insurance provider, insuring best practices, and being the primary contact for departments who suffer a loss.
Attends all City Council meetings, Planning Commission meetings, and other meetings as required.
Prepares for bond sales, foreclosure sales, review local improvement district data, review annexation data, etc.
Responds to questions of the public regarding legal matters including tort claim notices.
Reviews legal cases and attends training to remain informed of changes in the laws pertaining to the business of the City. Communicates changes to appropriate department heads/City council and insures ordinances are amended to reflect these changes.
OTHER JOB FUNCTIONS:
Other duties that by their nature, may be required to protect the City from foreseeable liability.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, AND ABILITY:
Considerable knowledge of state statues relating to municipal affairs.
Working knowledge of modern policies and practices of municipal law and public administration.
Skill in preparing briefs and other legal documents.
Skill in operating the listed tools and equipment.
Ability to prepare and analyze comprehensive legal documents.
Ability to carry out assigned projects to their completion.
Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
Ability to represent the City effectively in court.
ability to organize facts, evidence and precedents and to present the material effectively.
Ability to conduct legal research and write reports.
Ability to effectively supervise subordinate staff.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with
Ability to use of a personal computer, including word processing, telephone, copy and fax machines.
Education: Graduation from an accredited school of law with a Juris Doctor degree. Must be admitted to and in good standing with the Oregon State Bar.
Experience: Minimum of five years’ experience as practicing attorney in Criminal or Administrative Law, preferably for an Oregon municipality.
LICENSES OR CERTIFICATES:
Valid Driver’s License
Licensed by Oregon State Bar to Practice Law in Oregon
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: Final candidate will negotiate a contract with the City Council. Anticipated salary is that presented on the announcement.
About City of The Dalles
The City of The Dalles, Oregon, is situated in the north-central part of the state on the Columbia River, the nation's second largest river. It is the county seat and the largest community in Wasco County (pop. 14,735). The Dalles is one of Oregon's most historical cities and was known earlier in its history as the town at the end of the Oregon Trail. The city was first incorporated by the Oregon Territorial Government in 1857 as “Dalles City” and was made the county seat shortly thereafter. The Dalles served as the decision point for early pioneers to either continue down river, or go overland via the Barlow Trail.
The City Manager, City Attorney and Municipal Court Judge are appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of the City Council. The current City Charter was adopted in 1994. The Dalles is a full-service City with Parks, Fire and Industrial Port as separate districts and not part of City operations. The City, County and Library District share responsibility for the operation of The Dalles-Wasco County Library. In addition, the City owns the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport with operations shared by the City and Klickitat County Washington where the airport is located....
The City has 103 full-time employees over eight departments.
City operations are conducted at eight locations including the airport. Wastewater treatment is managed by a longer term contract. Airport operations and management are also contracted.