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FLSA Designation: Exempt
August, 2006


Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

Under policy and general administrative direction of the City Council, plans, directs, manages, and oversees the activities and operations the City Attorney’s Office; provides legal advice and representation to the City of Brentwood including to serve as legal advisor to the City Council, staff, officers, boards and commissions; researches, prepares and presents legal opinions; works with outside legal counsel providing specialized services to the City; coordinates assigned activities with other City officials, departments, outside agencies, and organizations; and provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to City Manager.

The City Attorney is considered a Department Director with responsibility for directing the activities of a Department within the City. This single-incumbent class serves as a member of the City’s senior management team and is responsible for providing legal services and counsel on a wide range of legal issues for the City Council, City departments, and related agency boards and commissions. A person appointed to the City Attorney classification is an “at-will” employee.

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  1. Assumes full responsibility for all activities and services of the City Attorney’s Office including the development and presentation of legal opinions and representation of the City’s officers and employees in all legal matters pertaining to their operations.
  2. Manages the development and implementation of departmental goals, objectives, and priorities for each assigned service area; recommends and administers policies and procedures.
  3. Establishes, within City policy, appropriate service and staffing levels; monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; allocates resources accordingly.
  4. Assesses and monitors work load, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identifies opportunities for improvement; directs and implements changes.
  5. Plans, directs, and coordinates the City Attorney’s Office work plan; assigns projects, programmatic areas of responsibility, and work activities; reviews and evaluates work method and procedures; meets with key staff to identify and resolves problems.
  6. Selects, trains, motivates, and evaluates assigned personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline and termination procedures.
  7. Oversees and participates in the development and administration of the department budget; approves the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; approves expenditures and implement budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.
  8. Represents the City in litigation cases including case preparation, pleadings, discovery, law and motion calendar, court appearances, settlement negotiations, mediation, arbitration, legal research, and related matters.
  9. Prepares and represents the City in cases for court and administrative hearings.
  10. Serves as a legal advisor to City boards and commissions as well as elected officials and staff including to serve as legal advisor to the City Council, Redevelopment Agency, Planning Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission, City Manager, the executive team members as well as City employees; provides sound, relevant, and up-to-date legal advice and provides options to all parties in the best interest of the City.
  11. Oversees and/or investigates claims by or against the City; provides recommendations regarding legal positions and actions to be taken.
  12. Prepares, researches, reviews, develops, and presents correspondence, memos, staff reports, proposed ordinances, resolutions, policies and procedures, and other legislation.
  13. Prepares documents for and administers the Brentwood Police Officers Assistance Program; prepares documents and administers the Affordable Housing Program.
  14. Provides staff assistance to the City Manager; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  15. Represents the City Attorney’s Office to other departments, elected officials, and outside agencies; coordinates assigned activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations; confers with department managers and staff regarding current and anticipated legal services requirements and issues; analyzes the feasibility of alternative approaches in meeting program needs.
  16. Explains, justifies, and defends department programs, policies, and activities; negotiates and resolves sensitive and controversial issues.
  17. Participates on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees.
  18. Attends and participates in professional group meetings; maintains awareness of new trends and developments in the field of municipal law; stays informed regarding up-to-date relevant case law and legal proceedings as they affect the City; incorporates new developments as appropriate.
  19. Responds to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.
  20. Performs related duties as required.
The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:
Operations, services, and activities of a City Attorney’s Office. Principles and application of civil, criminal, and administrative law and procedure. Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations including litigation, conflict of interest, labor, employment, land use, environment, fair housing and discrimination and eminent domain. The Brown Act, Fair Political Practices Act, and other state laws and court cases applicable to municipalities and public bodies. Methods and techniques of case management, prioritization, and control. Methods and techniques for legal research, analysis, and writing. Advanced principles and practices of program development and administration. Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration. Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation. Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.

Ability to:
Manage and direct the work of the City Attorney’s Office. Develop and administer departmental goals, objectives, and procedures. Properly interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations, and policies. Analyze and assess programs, policies, and operational needs and make appropriate adjustments. Identify and respond to sensitive community and organizational issues, concerns, and needs. Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the work of assigned staff. Delegate authority and responsibility. Select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff. Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals. Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques. Analyze complex legal issues, evaluate alternatives, and implement sound solutions. Negotiate effectively on behalf of clients concerning litigation and contracts. Prepare litigation documents, pleadings, motions and points and authorities. Provide effective representation in hearings, courts of law, and meetings. Prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports. Prepare and administer large and complex budgets. Interpret and apply applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations. Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

A Juris Doctorate Degree from an ABA or California State accredited school of law.

Eight years of broad and extensive experience in all major phases of municipal law including California land use, redevelopment, liability, discrimination, Americans with Disabilities Act, Workers’ Compensation, California Public Contract Code, public sector labor law, federal, state, and local ordinances, civil litigation, criminal issues, and administrative law and three years of responsible management and administrative experience.

License or Certificate:
Possession of an appropriate driver’s license. Active membership in the State Bar of California

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office environment with some travel to different sites; incumbents may be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends and may be required to travel outside City boundaries to attend meetings.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to travel to other locations using various modes of private and commercial transportation; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

Human Resources Division   
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150 City Park Way   
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Brentwood, CA 94513  
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