Under the general direction of the County Administrator, this position provides legal advice, in the interest of the County, to the entire organization including all elected offices, branches and departments of County Government. Performs the full spectrum of functions of civil counsel including representation in court and administrative hearings; legal research; drafting of ordinances; regulations and policies; preparation of contracts and other legal documents; and rendering of advice with respect to the application and interpretation of civil statutes.
Responsibilities and Duties:
- Works in conjunction with lead corporation counsel to discharge all functions as an attorney for Allegan County pursuant to the provisions MCLA 49.71, MSA 5.824.
- Drafts or reviews legal documents and contracts including but not limited to ordinances, regulations, policies and procedures to ensure legal compliance and best practice relating to all areas of County business.
- Researches, interprets, provides advice and renders written opinion with respect to the substantive, procedural requirements and ongoing changes of state and federal statutes, administrative rules and regulations, judicial precedents, case law, and other rulings and regulations with the force of law and recommends changes to policy accordingly.
- Assists with collective bargaining and other employment matters.
- In the interest of the County, advises County offices, branches, departments, boards, commissions, and committees in matters of employment law, real estate law, regulatory law and contract law and may attend and be a resource during public meetings as necessary.
- Provides guidance to the County's Freedom of Information Act Officer, reviewing requests for copies of records and documents and preparing appropriate, legally sound responses.
- Provide guidance to the County Administrator and all departments under the provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
- Researches and recommends appropriate methods of risk/liability mitigation. Monitors the litigation and mediation of risk management issues, advises on the status of said matters, and ensures proper representation of the interests of the County.
- Assists Corporation Counsel in the preparation of the County's cases and representation of the County, departments, and agencies thereof in litigation, administrative hearings and appeals.
- Coordinates the work of outside special counsel hired to represent the County in specific matters.
- $60,784.80 to $88,146.68 salaried, excellent benefits.
Required Education and Experience:
- Juris Doctorate Degree from an accredited law school.
- Must be a member in good standing of the Michigan State Bar.
- Six (6) years of experience in public sector law.
- Six (6) years of experience related to business administration.
Preferred Education and Experience:
- Public administration experience.
- Supervisory Experience.