For Fiscal Year 2017, the adopted budget for the Office of County Attorney is $4.6 million with 33 positions.
The County Attorney is responsible for providing legal services, characterized by a variety and complexity of litigation, legal interpretation, and knowledge and practice of administrative law. The County Attorney is also responsible for administration of staff. The County Attorney or assistants attend all meetings of the Board of County Commissioners.
Some examples of the work performed by the County Attorney are to provide legal opinions on matters relating to administration of County government; represent the County and its elected officials in litigation; prepare proposed legislation; supervise the work of Assistant County Attorneys; and prepare or examine a variety of legal documents such as contracts, leases and deeds.
The Pinellas County Charter provides that the County Attorney shall be responsible for the representation of County government, the Board of County Commissioners, the County Administrator, Constitutional Officers and all other departments, divisions, regulatory boards and advisory boards of County government in all legal matters relating to their official responsibilities. The County Attorney shall prosecute and defend all civil actions for and on behalf of County government and shall review all ordinances, resolutions, contracts, bonds and other written instruments. In addition, the County Attorney manages outside legal counsel for matters involving a conflict or unsupported legal specialty areas.
The County Attorney is appointed by the County Attorney Oversight Committee and is directly responsible to the Board of County Commissioners.
The County Charter was amended in 2016 to create a County Attorney Oversight Committee, consisting of the seven County Commissioners and five Constitutional Officers. The Committee is responsible for the selection, termination and annual review of the County Attorney.
This highly visible position will require a person with superb management and communication skills. The successful candidate will be a strong, successful administrator with experience managing and problem solving in a government environment. He/she must have excellent interpersonal skills to deal tactfully and effectively with County administrative officials, local governmental officials, employees, court officials and the general public.
The candidate will possess the following minimum qualifications at the time of application:
Juris Doctor Degree from an accredited law school
Admission to the Florida Bar
Ten years professional experience as an attorney with advanced and extensive experience as a practicing attorney
Five years of directly related legal experience administering public sector law to include expertise in local governmental law
Two years supervising or managing other attorneys
Our organization highly values leadership and is continually striving to improve our organizational performance. While a full array of leadership competencies is desirable, the County Attorney Oversight Committee has identified the following competencies as most desirable:
Is cool under pressure; does not become defensive or irritated when times are tough; is considered mature; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; is not knocked off balance by the unexpected; doesn’t show frustration when resisted or blocked; is a settling influence in a crisis.
Steps up to conflicts, seeing them as opportunities; reads situations quickly; good at focused listening; can hammer out tough agreements and settle disputes equitably; can find common ground and get cooperation with minimum noise.
Ethics and Values:
Adheres to an appropriate (for the setting) and effective set of core values and beliefs during both good and bad times; acts in line with those values; rewards the right values and disapproves of others; practices what he/she preaches.
Integrity and Trust:
Is widely trusted; is seen as a direct, truthful individual; can present the unvarnished truth in an appropriate and helpful manner; keeps confidences; admits mistakes; doesn’t misrepresent him/herself for personal gain.
Practices attentive and active listening; has the patience to hear people out; can accurately restate the opinions of others even when he/she disagrees.
Doesn’t hold back anything that needs to be said; provides current, direct, complete, and “actionable” positive and corrective feedback to others; lets people know where they stand; faces up to people problems on any person or situation (not including direct reports) quickly and directly; is not afraid to take negative action when necessary.
Can negotiate skillfully in tough situations with both internal and external groups; can settle differences with minimum noise; can win concessions without damaging relationships; can be both direct and forceful as well as diplomatic; gains trust quickly of other parties to the negotiations; has a good sense of timing.
Uses rigorous logic and methods to solve difficult problems with effective solutions; probes all fruitful sources for answers; can see hidden problems; is excellent at honest analysis; looks beyond the obvious and doesn’t stop at the first answer.
Building Effective Teams:
Blends people into teams when needed; creates strong morale and spirit in his/her team; shares wins and successes; fosters open dialogue; lets people finish and be responsible for their work; defines success in terms of the whole team; creates a feeling of belonging in the team.
Is able to write clearly and succinctly in a variety of communication settings and styles; can get messages across that have the desired effect.
How to Apply
To apply, submit a cover letter, resume and the contact information for five professional references via email to Human Resources at email@example.com no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on May 21, 2017.
Additional Salary Information: The starting salary will be commensurate with the selected candidate’s qualifications. Relocation expenses and other benefits may be available as negotiated.
Pinellas County offers a comprehensive and competitive array of employee benefits including group health, paid time off, life insurance, short and long term disability, dental, vision, and more. The County participates in the Florida Retirement System which offers two options: Pension Plan or Investment Plan. The County also offers an optional deferred compensation plan (IRS Section 457) with a choice of four plan providers.
For more information about the benefits package, visit www.pinellascounty.org/hr/benefits.
Pinellas County Government is a unique, complex mix of 25 governmental bodies: one for each of the 24 cities/municipalities and one for the unincorporated area. Almost half of the county is unincorporated and the residents living in these areas are governed by, pay taxes to and receive services directly from the Pinellas County government. Taxes from each of the 24 cities/municipalities provide se...rvices to their residents unless there is a contract with the County or with private companies. Within some of the city boundaries there are areas called enclaves that are unincorporated and receive services from the County government. Residents who live in these enclaves are not eligible to vote in municipal elections on municipal issues. There are also taxing districts which meet specific needs not addressed in the general countywide millage. The affected residents vote a specified millage to be used for a special purpose. Examples of these would be the Palm Harbor Library District, various fire districts, and street lighting districts. Taxing districts are created by an act of the Legislature with a confirming referendum by residents. To prevent double taxation, the County adjusts the tax rate to deduct for services provided by cities/municipalities, i.e. those which have their own police department will not be assessed County millage for the County Sheriff’s Office. For more taxing information visit our website - Citizens Guide to the Budget .Post Office addresses do not necessarily correspond to boundaries of cities/municipalities. Residents of Belleair, for instance have a Clearwater address. Palm Harbor and Ozona, on the other hand, are not incorporated cities/municipalities but have their own post offices. All residents of the incorporated or unincorporated area of Pinellas County elect countywide officials, pay taxes and receive some services from the County.
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