Job descriptions/specifications are intended to indicate the essential functions and levels of work difficulty of the position and are not intended to describe in detail all of the position's specific duties and responsibilities nor exclude other duties of similar level or difficulty. Additionally, it is not intended to limit management's rights to assign, direct, and control the work of employees under their supervision. DEFINITION To plan, direct, manage, and oversee the activities and operations of the City Attorney’s Office; to coordinate assigned activities with other City departments and outside agencies; and to provide highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Mayor, City Manager, and City Council.
Supervision Received and Exercised Receives general administrative direction from the Mayor and the City Council. Exercises direct supervision over supervisory, professional, technical, and clerical staff.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
(Essential functions are those functions that the individual who holds the position must be able to perform unaided or with the assistance of reasonable accommodation.)
Serve as a representative of the City of Mesquite, demonstrating a positive attitude and progressive actions through the display of professionalism, courtesy, and appropriate tact and discretion in all interactions with other employees and with the public.
Serve as the chief legal officer of the City as defined in the City Charter, which includes prosecuting any violation of law occurring within the City of Mesquite that the NRS authorize a city to prosecute.
Assume full management responsibility for all City Attorney’s Office services and activities including legal advice, prosecution, and documentation; recommend and administer policies and procedures.
Manage the development and implementation of City Attorney’s Office goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for each assigned service area.
Review proposed contracts, bonds and financing papers, insurance policies and other documents affecting the City.
Monitor and control liability claims and lawsuits.
Responsible in the negotiation of proposed union agreements.
Coordinate and prepare ordinances, resolutions, deeds, pleadings, contracts, and other legal documents.
Represent the City in lawsuits and administrative hearings.
Appear before court and other administrative proceedings to represent the City’s interest as required.
Responsible for pursuing legal means to enforce City ordinances, abate public nuisances, recover for damages to City property, and condemn property for public purpose and other matters.
Establish within City policy, appropriate service, and staffing levels; monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; allocate resources accordingly.
Plan, direct and coordinate the City Attorney’s Office work plan; assign projects and programmatic areas of responsibility; review and evaluate work methods and procedures; meet with management staff to identify and resolve problems.
Assess and monitor workload, administrative and support systems, and internal reporting relationships; identify opportunities for improvement; direct and implement changes.
Select, train, motivate, and evaluate City Attorney’s Office personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline procedures.
Oversee and participate in the development and administration of the City Attorney’s Office budget; approve the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; approve expenditures and implement budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.
Develop City Attorney’s Office programs, policies, and activities; negotiate and resolve sensitive and controversial issues.
Represent the City Attorney’s Office to other City departments, elected officials and outside agencies; coordinate City Attorney’s Office activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations.
Oversee and direct the City’s efforts to collect outstanding improvement district assessments, ambulance collections, traffic, and parking ticket monies and enforce judgments.
Provide staff assistance to the Mayor, City Manager and City Council; participate on a variety of boards, commissions and committees; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
Provide staff support to assigned boards and commissions.
Respond to and resolve difficult and sensitive citizen inquiries and complaints.
Be dependable and meet acceptable attendance requirements at all times.
Follow all applicable safety rules and regulations.
OTHER JOB FUNCTIONS
Protect confidential information by preventing unauthorized release, both verbal and/or in writing.
Perform other related duties as assigned.
Experience, Education, and Training
Education: Graduation from an ABA accredited college or university with a degree in law.
Experience: Five years of increasingly responsible experience in city or related government law, including trial experience, and two years of administrative or supervisory responsibility.
License or Certificate: Membership in good standing with the State Bar of Nevada and Must possess at the time of employment and continuously throughout employment a valid Nevada or "border state" driver's license, as defined by NRS 483.
Additional Salary Information: $110,000 to $148,000 depending on qualifications
Internal Number: 7000
About City of Mesquite
The City of Mesquite is a progressive and friendly community located in Clark County, Nevada, adjacent to the Arizona state line and 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas on Interstate 15.