The Office of County Counsel is an in-house department serving the government of Lassen County and, indirectly, the people of the County. This is a department head position with leadership over a staff of two. Having general responsibility for the administration of a major area of County Government under the direction of the Board of Supervisors. Lassen County
provides high quality legal advice and services to the Board of Supervisors, County Officers and department heads. This includes: court appearances, legal advice and opinions, preparation and review of legal documents, attending meetings and hearings, handling legal correspondence, and other duties. This is an appointed position and subject to confirmation of
the Board of Supervisors.
Responsibilities of the County Counsel are:
Serve as the legal advisor on civil matters to all County officers, agencies, departments, and special districts.
Represent the County, its officers and employees, in the defense and prosecution of all civil litigation, excluding personal injury;
Work directly with the Board of Supervisors, County Administrative Officer, and other top management staff in the development of County Programs and policies,
Draft and/or review for legal sufficiency all contracts, leases, ordinances, and resolutions before adoption;
Provide statutory interpretations and issue legal opinions in response to requests from the County and other clients,
including addressing public information requests;
Plan, organize and direct staff and operations of the County’s legal department; develop departmental goals and objectives; communicate expectations to staff and provide strong leadership; promote performance and institute change management.
Supervises and participates in the development and administration of the Office budget.
Possess a strong understanding of municipal law, with an expert understanding of the Brown Act (Government Code
Section 54950) and experience with dealing with conflict of interest situations.
Be proactive with identifying important legal issues and conducting research, and addressing scenarios in a timely
manner with appropriate action;
Direct the conduct of civil litigation including the preparation for trials and administrative hearings; prepare a wide variety of legal documents; prepare legal appeals of lower court decisions by analyzing trial court proceedings and conducting research to determine appropriateness for appeals;
Serve as the legal advisor regarding conflicting juvenile dependency cases, Public Guardian probate, and conservator ships; and
Identify new developments concerning civil law, pending legislation, and judicial developments with strategic focus on the County’s mission.
THE POSITION OF COUNTY COUNSEL
Five years of increasingly responsible experience in professional legal work, including three years of practice performing duties similar to a Deputy County Counsel in the County of Lassen, one year of which must have been in a
supervisory or administrative capacity.
• Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school.
Licenses and Certifications:
• Admission to practice before State and Federal Courts.
• Active membership in the California State Bar Association.
• Possession of, or the ability to obtain, a valid California driver’s license.
Compensation & benefits:
The County Counsel will serve for four years from the time of appointment by the Board of Supervisors (pursuant to California Government Code § 27641). Compensation includes a Flexible Benefit Spending plan and salary is subject to
negotiation depending upon qualifications.
• Insurance– Flexible benefits spending plan to which the County contributes an allotment for employees to choose
medical, dental, vision, life and supplemental insurance plans.
• Pers Retirement– County participates in the PERS Retirement System
• Compensation- Various step and longevity increases.
• Vacation, sick, personal and administrative leave
• Holidays- 13 paid holidays per year
• Life Insurance- $40,000 policy
• Choice of two optional Deferred Compensation 457 (b) plans
• Choice optional supplemental insurance plans
THE SELECTION PROCESS:
Recruitment open until filled.
First Review November 5, 2020.
Application materials will be reviewed, and the best-qualified applicants will be invited to Susanville to participate in interviews.
How to apply:
An application may be obtained from the Personnel Office listed below or by visiting our website
at http://www.lassencounty.org. It is your responsibility to provide specific, accurate and complete information
describing how you meet the minimum qualifications. Qualified applicants are invited to submit an official Lassen County
Lassen County Personnel Department
221 South Roop St., Suite 3
Susanville, CA 96130
Lassen County is an equal opportunity employer hiring employment eligible applicants.