City Attorney

Santa Maria, CA
Full Time
Job #: FY 18-00092
The City of Santa Maria seeks a City Attorney who is customer-service focused, a self-starter, experienced at providing legal counsel on matters related to civil litigation, municipal law, land use (CEQA), employment law, has experience serving public sector organizations, and is an active member with the California State Bar. Our ideal candidate will be an outstanding leader, communicator, business partner, relationship builder, mentor, who is responsive and informed, and can effectively manage outside counsel and lead internal staff.

The Job
This is an at-will position that reports directly to Santa Maria's City Council and is a valued member of the executive management team who works closely with the City Manager and department leaders and their staff on a day-to-day basis. As the chief legal advisor, this position oversees all legal matters for the City Council and staff, represents the City in litigation, acts as legislative counsel drafting laws, ordinances, and resolutions, and oversees outside counsel. The City Attorney's Office has an operational budget of $1.5 million, and includes 12 employees: two Assistant City Attorneys, three administrative staff, and seven staff in the Code Compliance Division.

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