Professional and administrative position appointed by City Council and under the general direction of the Mayor. Responsible for providing professional legal advice and ensuring professional representation for City departments and employees in civil and criminal cases. Supervises the Legal Assistant/Secretary and Code Enforcement employees. Representative responsibilities:
Represents the City of Waterloo in the areas of civil litigation, civil rights complaints, employee grievance issues and related court cases.
Prosecutes criminal, traffic and municipal infraction cases as necessary.
Provides legal advice, counsel and course of action recommendations to City departments on a variety of issues.
Represents the City in pretrial conferences, including research and negotiation with all involved parties.
Prepares cases for trial, examining law and evidence.
Prepares and interviews witnesses presenting evidence for the City to ascertain that evidence is complete and will be well presented.
Studies City, State, Federal and general municipal law for information and precedents having a bearing on City legal problems.
Provides legal advice, opinions and training to City Council, City officials, City boards, standing committees, commissions and other City agencies.
Researches, prepares and compiles proposed ordinances and resolutions and amendments to existing ordinances.
Responds to citizens’ questions, complaints and comments in a courteous, respectful, timely and appropriate manner.
Prepares, reviews and approves contracts, leases and other documents for City activities, programs and real property.
Makes presentations and conducts training for City departments regarding sexual harassment or other legal issues, as requested.
Attends department head, budget, and other meetings as requested by Mayor.
Regularly attends City Council meetings and provides legal advice and opinions during regular, special and executive sessions. Meetings are held in the evening and may occur on weekends.
Licensed to practice law in the State of Iowa.
Municipal or county government experience preferred, but not required.
Thorough knowledge of the following:
civil and criminal law;
principles, practices, methods, materials and references utilized in legal research;
legal practices and procedures;
municipal law, torts, contracts, civil rights, administrative processes and real property law;
appellate practices and procedures;
local and State misdemeanor laws and procedures;
State and Federal statutes and regulations pertaining to municipal government.
About City of Waterloo, Iowa
Full service municipality of 69,000 residents and 530 employees seeking a full time City Attorney to provide legal advice and representation in civil and criminal cases. Many cultural and recreational amenities. Full benefits package including health insurance.