City Attorney - City of Dothan

The City Attorney serves as chief legal counsel for the City of Dothan and provides overall direction of the City’s legal division. Provides the most highly responsible and complex level of advanced professional legal services and advice to the City Commission, City Manager, Department Directors, and other City officials and staff. Supplies legal advice, researches and creates legal documents, ordinances, resolutions and opinions, and represents the City before courts, administrative agencies and other entities. Work is performed with wide latitude for independent judgment subject to policies and legal requirements under the broad administrative direction of the City Manager.

Responsibilities:

  • The City Attorney provides leadership and supervision to other staff, to include Assistant City Attorney(s), Pre-Trial Diversion Coordinator, Legal Assistant, Legal Secretary, and other legal services as determined.
  • The City Attorney is expected to have knowledge of, and to perform, all applicable requirements stated in City ordinances, codes and regulations. Advises Municipal boards such as the Planning Commission, the Zoning Board of Adjustment, Personnel Board, and others on legal matters regarding city operations.
  • Interprets Federal, State, and local legislation, statutes, rules and regulations to include communication and public utility laws, easements, and pole attachment agreements. Reviews and analyzes court decisions and pending legislation. Reviews and makes recommendations on proposed policy or procedural changes that may improve the efficiency of the legal division.
  • Performs or directs staff in the prosecution, defense, and other legal representation in the Municipal Court of the City of Dothan, appeals to the Houston County Circuit Court, and other appellate courts requiring criminal or civil representation regarding the City (e.g. state/federal court, state/federal agencies, etc.).
  • Advises City officials on purchasing laws, land use and property acquisition, public records and meeting laws, tax and revenue codes, employment law, economic development projects, environmental and public works law, law enforcement legislation, fire/building codes and other laws pertaining to city departments and municipal business.
  • Directs the work of outside contract attorneys as necessary and recommends legal services to outside counsel in complex situations where outside counsel representation is in the best interest of the City. Assigns, directs, and coordinates outside counsel to ensure compliance with professional service specifications, time lines and legal requirements.

Requirements:

  • Doctor of Jurisprudence degree (J.D.) required from an accredited law school recognized by the U. S. Department of Education (USDE) or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • Licensed by the Alabama State Bar Association to practice law in the State of Alabama is required.
  • Seven (7) years recent experience in the practice of law in Alabama, with at least three (3) years recent experience directly involving the legal representation of a municipality is preferred.

Compensation:

The City Attorney compensation will be highly competitive and the salary range is $110,073.60 – $176,092.80 and will include a benefit package to include health, dental, voluntary insurance, and retirement benefits.