City Attorney Job at Manteca, San Joaquin County, California

City Attorney

City of Manteca , California

Job Information 


City Attorney's Office

Executive Level


$15,798.00 - $19,202.00 Monthly

Application Deadline 


11/04/2020 05:00 PM PST

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


Under general direction of the City Council, the City Attorney serves as the legal advisor and counsel for the City Council, City Manager, Assistant City Manager, department directors and employees in their official capacities. The position will also provide a wide range of legal services, analyze complex issues, evaluate alternative approaches to problems, and implement solutions; prepare legal opinions, pleadings, ordinances, resolutions, contracts, leases, staff reports, and similar documents; represent the City in criminal, civil, and administrative proceedings and in transactional matters; direct and provide legal counsel and advice to the various Boards and Commissions established by the City Council. Perform duties with broad latitude in decision-making and is self-directed.

Supervision Exercised/Received:
Receives general direction from the City Council.


Assumes full management responsibility for all City Attorney's Office services and activities, including civil and criminal prosecution, general law sections.

Establishes priorities; performs short-term and long-term strategic planning and develops management goals and objectives for the Office; monitors the efficiency and effectiveness of work products through quality control and related activities.

Prepares, researches, reviews, develops, and presents correspondence, memos, staff reports, proposed ordinances, resolutions, policies and procedures, and other legislation for City staff.

Performs the most complex legal tasks and work including representing the City before appellate courts and administrative bodies; prepares civil cases for trial; reviews the performance of assigned counsel.

Represent the City in litigation cases including case preparation, pleadings, discovery, law and motion calendar, court appearances, settlement negotiations, mediation, arbitration, legal research, and related matter; advise pursuing, compromising, or dismissing litigations.

Investigates claims and complaints by or against the City; tries cases before County, State and Federal courts; prosecutes criminal cases as required and provides recommendations regarding legal positions and actions to be taken.

Provides legal-related advice, support, and information to City Council, City executives, department managers, and Council-appointed Boards, Commissions, and Committees.

Negotiates and resolves sensitive, significant, controversial, and complex legal matters; renders advice and opinions.

Researches and analyzes legal issues and statutory and case law; drafts and reviews opinions, ordinances, resolutions, contracts, conveyances, leases, deeds and other legal documents and instruments; approves ordinances, resolutions and contracts as to form and legality.

Explains, justifies and defends department programs, policies, and activities; negotiate and resolve sensitive and controversial issues.
Provides legal assistance and participates in some employee relations matters.

Responds to staff inquiries regarding the legality of specific issues, questions on policy, interpretation of the Manteca Municipal Code, and related matters.

Attends City Council meetings, Planning Commission meetings and other Board and Commission meetings, as requested.

Provides legal defense counsel in suits and actions brought against the City, except in cases where special legal counsel is engaged.

Renders written legal opinions on matters relating to municipal government.

Reviews various matters for compliance with applicable laws and ordinances.

Performs such other related duties and functions as may be assigned by the City Council or City Manager.


Knowledge of:
Legal principles and practices of municipal government, including civil, criminal, constitutional and administrative law and procedure.

  • General, municipal and public contract law.
  • Principles, methods and techniques of legal research and investigation.
  • Municipal government organization, structure and functional responsibilities.
  • Judicial procedures and rules of evidence.
  • Trial and hearing preparation
  • Computer and software legal research capabilities
  • Legal precedents and court decisions related to municipal governments.
  • Appellate practices.
  • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations.

Ability to:

  • Manage and direct the work of the City Attorney's Office.
  • Properly interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations, and policies.
  • Prepare clear and concise legal documents, including but not limited to, briefs, ordinances, resolutions, correspondence, and supporting documents.
  • Conduct research on legal problems and prepare sound legal opinion.
  • Perform the most complex professional civil legal work and legal research.
  • Direct the preparation of legal cases.
  • Present statements of fact, law, and argument clearly and logically.
  • Exercise sound, independent judgment within general policy guidelines and legal parameters.
  • Represent the City effectively in hearings, courts of law, and meetings.
  • Read, understand, interpret, apply, and explain codes, regulations, and other written materials.
  • Negotiate with other parties.
  • Operate office equipment including computers and supporting software applications.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.



Graduation from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association with a Juris Doctorate degree.

Seven years progressively responsible experience in the practice of municipal law or other government law. Extensive experience in a municipal setting in the active practice of law is desirable.

Current member of the California State Bar in good standing. Admittance to practice law before all California State and Federal District Courts.
Valid class “C” California Driver License.





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