Corporation Counsel

Application Deadline: 2022-12-01
Job Type: County
Job Description:

PAY GROUP: 2 ($49.53 – $56.29/hour)
Corporation Counsel is responsible for advising and representing the County Board, governing bodies, committees, department, and officials of the County in civil legal matters involving the County. The duties and responsibilities of the Corporation Counsel are established by the County Board and performed under, and subject to, the review and direction of the Administrative Committee with the approval of the County Board.
• Serves as the County’s chief legal advisor in civil and corporate matters.
• Interprets the powers and duties of the County Board of Supervisors, County departments, committees, agencies, boards, and commissions, elected officials and employees.
• Negotiates, drafts, and/or reviews contracts, leases, documents, resolutions, and ordinances as required.
• Represents the County in civil matters when the County is required to appear and/or when the interests of the County, County departments, committees, agencies, boards, and commissions are involved. Examples include, but are not limited to: mental health commitments, alcohol or drug commitments, child support hearings, guardianships, and protective placement hearings, Children in Need of Protection and Services (CHIPS) proceedings, Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) proceedings, Department of Human Services hearings, Planning and Zoning hearings, Zoning Boards of Adjustments hearings (when there isn’t a conflict of interest), in rem tax foreclosures, bankruptcy filing, personnel matters, collection matters, ordinance violation prosecution and other related legal proceedings.
• Advises the County Board, its committees and County departments on the requirements of the Wisconsin Open Meetings, Public Records and Ethics Laws.
• Assists the County Board, Personnel Committee, County Administrator and County Departments in personnel matters and activities including, without limitation, personnel policies and programs and employee discipline, compensation, benefits, and leave.
• Appears at County Board meetings. Attends and participates in committee meetings as requested. Serves as parliamentarian for the county Board and interprets and explains County Board rules, Robert’s Rules of Order (Newly Revised) and other applicable laws, ordinances, rules, or procedures governing the County Board and its committees.
• Represents the County in civil litigation, both prosecution and defense; reviews and responds to claims, suits, and demands against the County; assists in resolving disputes; monitors outside counsel retained or appointed to represent the County in civil matters; refer matters to insurance for coverage and assignment of defense counsel.
• Determines policy and procedures of the Corporation Counsel office; provides guidance and direct supervision to professional and support staff assigned to the office; prepares and administers department budget. Develops, monitors, and evaluates the performance of the Corporation Counsel staff to maintain efficiency and quality of work in the Corporation Counsel’s office.
• Maintains strict confidentiality with regard to all records and information.
• Advises duly constituted committees and Department Heads on civil matters.
• Provides the County Board, committees, departments and employees with updates and training programs on relevant legal topics.
• Performs other work of a civil nature or other matters as may be assigned or delegated by the County Board and/or its designees.

It is unlikely that Corporation Counsel will perform all the essential duties listed above on a regular basis, nor is the list exhaustive in the sense that it covers all the duties the Corporation Counsel may be required to perform. The duties and responsibilities are merely indicative, not restrictive.
• Knowledge of municipal, state, and federal laws and regulations applicable to County government operations.
• Knowledge of County Board Rules, Parliamentary Rules of Procedure including Roberts Rules of Order (Newly Revised) and other rules and regulations governing County meetings and proceedings.
• Knowledge of County ordinances.
• Ability to research statutes, regulations, ordinances, precedent, and other materials applicable to County operations and activities.
• Knowledge of federal and state rules of civil procedure evidence.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees, staff, public officials of other departments and the general public.
• Skill and ability in the preparation and trial of civil disputes and matters.
• Identify, interpret, and apply legal principles to complex issues.
• Skill and ability in persuasion, negotiation, and advocacy based upon the merits of individual issues and information presented.
• Must be able to draft clear, accurate, and concise legal documents, pleadings, memoranda, briefs, stipulations, or other legal/court documents.
• Must be able to effectively analyze and present facts, recommendations, and alternative courses of action effectively.
• Must maintain a professional office environment and supervise staff.
• Must possess knowledge of e-filing and electronic meeting platforms.
• Ability to use general office equipment.
• Must possess a current driver’s license and carry automobile insurance.

EDUCATION: Law degree from and accredited school, licensed to practice law in Wisconsin; authorized to practice and appear in and before Wisconsin state courts and administrative bodies as well as ability to be admitted to the Federal district Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin. Corporation Counsel will be required to obtain thirty (30) Continuing Legal education credits every two years in accordance with Wisconsin State Bar requirements.
EXPERIENCE/JOB KNOWLEDGE: Minimum of 3-5 years of experience as an attorney. Legal experience in municipal/county government matters and/or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demand for this position is mainly sedentary. Must lift, carry, or push objects in ordinary office situations or in unusual or non-routine situations. Must frequently use near and far vision and effective communication is necessary. The County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all requirements of the Americans with Disabilities act (ADA).
ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS: Almost 100% of work done is inside.

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