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					Contra Costa County, CA
      County Counsel




                Salary Range
                $167,259 - $203,305
The County
                                                 Contra Costa County
                                                                  FY 2009-2010 budget of approximately $1.2 billion, and
Contra Costa County was incorporated in 1850 as one of            countywide staff of approximately 7,700. The County’s
the original 27 counties of the State of California. It is one    diverse economy provides many opportunities for future
of nine counties in the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area,           business and job generation, and the communities provide
and covers approximately 733 square miles extending from          a wide range of recreational, cultural, and entertainment
the northeastern shore of San Francisco Bay easterly              activities.
about 50 miles to San Joaquin County. The County is
bordered in the south and west by Alameda County and
on the north by Suisun and San Pablo Bays.                        Office of the County Counsel
Contra Costa County had recently been one of the fastest          The Office of the County Counsel provides legal services
growing work forces among Bay Area counties, with growth          to the County, including the Board of Supervisors and
in its employment base being driven primarily by the need         County officers, departments, boards, and certain special
to provide services to an increasing local population and         districts. The Office has a staff of approximately 50 full-time
the presence of relatively high-wage skilled jobs. In addition,   employees and a FY 2009-2010 budget of approximately
the County has one of the State’s most heterogeneous              $5.5 million. The Department is organized into three
populations, rich in ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic           divisions that provide a full range of legal services to
diversity. With a current population slightly in excess of        County Departments, employees, and the public. These
1,000,000, Contra Costa County is the ninth most populous         divisions are responsible for the following activities:
county in California. The City of Martinez is the County          The General Law Division provides legal services to County
seat of Contra Costa County and the location of the               departments, officers and boards, and outside public
County’s administrative offices.                                  clients, other than those services provided by the Civil
Contra Costa County includes varied suburban, industrial,         Litigation and Juvenile Dependency/Conservatorship
agricultural and port areas and contains 19 incorporated          Divisions. Representative clients and services include:
cities. A large part of the County is served by the San           Core County Departments; Health, Social Services, and
Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) which            Quality of Life; Public Protection, Probate, and County
has helped to enable significant residential and commercial       Clerk; and miscellaneous County and outside clients.
development. Prestigious public and private academic              The Civil Litigation Division represents the County in tort,
institutions, including Stanford University, University of        employment, and civil rights actions, in state and federal
California at Berkeley, University of San Francisco,              courts.
University of the Pacific, and various California State
University campuses, are within driving distance from the         The Juvenile Dependency/Conservatorship Division
County seat of Martinez. Recreation within the County             represents the Children and Family Services Bureau of
varies from fishing, boating and water skiing in the              the Employment and Human Services Department in all
Sacramento-San Joaquin Rivers to hiking, horseback riding         Juvenile Court dependency and child welfare proceedings
and camping in Mt. Diablo State Park. Recreational areas,         and related matters. This division also represents the Public
including the wine country of Napa and Sonoma Counties,           Guardian’s Office of the Health Services Department in
the picturesque seaside communities of Carmel and                 Lanterman – Petris – Short (LPS) and other conservatorship
Monterey, and the Sierra Lake Tahoe mountain region,              proceedings.
are also within driving distance of the County.
Contra Costa County provides a full range of services
                                                                  The County Counsel
through 32 County Departments divided into service                Under administrative and statutory direction, the County
areas such as: Public Protection, General Government,             Counsel performs highly professional and administrative
Health and Human Services, Growth Management,                     work serving as legal advisor to the Board of Supervisors,
Special Districts and Authorities. There are also a               special districts and county departments. The department
number of Affiliated Organizations. The County has a              head is responsible for the operation of the Office of
y, CA: County Counsel
  County Counsel and the work of its staff engaged in                Dictates correspondence and prepares reports.
  giving legal advice to the county, its departments, and            Performs related work as necessary.
  special districts. The County Counsel also performs all
  civil legal work required by them, including representing        The position is open due to the retirement of the
  these jurisdictions and agencies in all matters of litigation    current County Counsel.
  and business. Work is performed within statutory limita-
  tions and in accordance with policies determined by the
  Board of Supervisors. The County Counsel is appointed
                                                                   Opportunities & Goals
  by the Board of Supervisors for a four year term in accordance     Provide cross-training and enhance mentoring of
  with government code sections 27640 and 27641.                     junior attorneys by senior attorneys and Assistants.
  Typical responsibilities include:                                  Continue to achieve responsiveness goals on standard
                                                                     legal forms review and requests for legal opinions.
    Selects, directs and supervises professional and clerical
    subordinates involved in providing the full range of legal       Develop increased revenue by seeking to recover legal
    advice, direction and services to the Board of Supervisors,      costs from clients who are at least partially funded
    various fire, flood control, sanitary, cemetery and              from outside sources.
    other districts within the county; acts as attorney for          Evaluate client needs and realign priorities as needed.
    the County and special districts in any civil action
    instituted by or brought against them.
    Submits opinions, when requested, to all county or
                                                                   Candidate Qualifications
    district officers on matters relating to their respective      Education and Experience
    offices.                                                         Active membership in the State Bar of California, and
    As requested, attends meetings of boards or commissions          admission to practice before all State and Northern
    to give legal counsel and advice.                                District Federal Courts in California.
    Reviews and prepares proposed state legislation                  Eight years of full-time experience as an attorney
    relating to county government.                                   practicing civil law with, or directly for, a public sector
    May represent the County on state legislative matters.           agency. Four years experience in the Office of a Califor-
                                                                     nia County Counsel or California City Attorney as a
    Studies, interprets, and applies statutes, ordinances,           division head or higher supervising the work of subor-
    court decisions, and legal opinions in the preparation
                                                                     dinate attorneys is preferred.
    of opinions, briefs and cases.
    Prepares pleadings and other papers in connection with         Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
    suits, trials, hearings and similar legal proceedings.
                                                                   The successful candidate should have strong management
    Provides advice and direction concerning advisability          skills and the ability to work and communicate effectively
    to prosecute, modify, settle, or dismiss civil litigation.     both internally and externally. This person should also
    Supervises and participates in a wide variety of legal         have knowledge/skills in:
    research.
                                                                     The principles of civil, constitutional, and administrative
    Supervises and participates in the work of subordinate           law.
    attorneys and a clerical staff engaged in collecting
                                                                     The responsibilities, powers and statutory limitations
    moneys due the County and preparing opinions,
                                                                     of the County Counsel’s function.
    bond election papers, tax rate increase election papers,
    and other legal documents.                                       Judicial procedures and the rules of evidence.
    Prepares a departmental budget and administers depart-           The principles, methods, materials and practices of
    mental programs in accordance with approved allocations.         legal research.
In addition, he/she should be able to:
  Analyze, appraise and organize facts, evidence, and
  precedents and to present such material orally or in
  writing in clear and logical form.
  Analyze and appraise a variety of legal documents and
  instruments.
  Draft legal instruments such as ordinances, resolutions,
  board orders and contracts.
  Establish and maintain effective working relationships
  with County and court officials and the general public.
  Manage, supervise and coordinate the work of profes-
  sional and clerical subordinates engaged in work of a
  legal nature.
Management Style                                                 Annual Leave Program
The ideal candidate will be a trusted legal advisor with the       3 weeks paid vacation leave.
professional demeanor and confidence to advise the Board           12 days of paid sick leave.
of Supervisors on a broad range of subject matters. This           10 paid holidays (plus 24 hours of floating holiday time).
person shall be proactive in bringing issues to the Board’s        70 hours of paid administrative leave.
attention, be creative, have good judgment, and be able to
multi-task and function effectively in a dynamic environ-        Insurance
ment with shifting priorities. He/She will have excellent          Options include Kaiser Permanente, Health Net HMO,
interpersonal skills with the ability to project confidence        Health Net PPO, and Contra Costa Health Plan
and credibility to the public, an ability to relate to a broad     Options A & B.
variety of individuals, and to emanate the highest level of
professional deportment at all times.                              Dental options include Delta Dental and PMI Dental
                                                                   Care.
The County Counsel will have excellent verbal and                  Long-term disability.
written skills and be capable of providing strong procedural       Term life insurance of $10,000.
advice in a clear and concise manner, and will be timely
in the presentation of information. This person should             Management term life insurance of $60,000. Includes
also be appropriately assertive; able to persuade, influence,      AD&D.
and provide their best professional judgment and opinion;
                                                                 Additional Benefits
and not be afraid to admit when they do not know the
answer. The selected candidate will be responsive and              Vacation buy-back.
accessible to Department Heads, energetic, able to organize        2.5% management longevity differential after 10 and
and prioritize work, and be solution-oriented. He/She              15 years of service.
should feel comfortable being in the spotlight; be able to         Deferred Compensation Plan (457), including County
problem solve under pressure and defend their position;            contribution.
and not be afraid to say no. He/She must have strong
                                                                   Professional development allowance of $925 every two
leadership skills, set the tone for the Office, and hold
                                                                   years.
staff accountable.
                                                                 How to Apply
Compensation                                                     Please submit resumes in confidence by
The total compensation for this position is within an            September 25, 2009 to:
established range of $167,259 to $203,305 per year, with
placement dependent upon the qualifications and                  Eric Middleton or Nicholas Mesic
experience of the selected candidate. In addition to a           ALLIANCE RESOURCE CONSULTING LLC
competitive salary, benefits currently provided include:         400 Oceangate, Suite 510
                                                                 Long Beach, CA 90802
Retirement
                                                                     Telephone: (562) 901-0769
  The County Retirement Program under the 1937                       E-mail:       emiddleton@alliancerc.com
  County Employee Retirement Act.                                Additional information about this position may
  The County pays 50% of the employee’s contribution.            be found by visiting our web site at
  Reciprocity with California Public Retirement System           www.allianceresourceconsulting.com
  (CALPERS) is available.                                        An Equal Opportunity/ADA Employer

				
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