Deputy City Attorney (Neighborhood Law Program) Job at Vallejo, Solano County, California

Deputy City Attorney (Neighborhood Law Program)

City of Vallejo , California

Job Information 


City Attorney

Mid Level


$92,709.73 - $112,689.26 Annually

Application Deadline 


04/19/2021 05:00 PM PDT

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


The City of Vallejo is located in Solano County and has a population of approximately 121,000 residents. Vallejo is a rapidly changing, highly diverse community located midway between the cities of San Francisco and Sacramento. It is a friendly, active waterfront community that attracts innovative, hardworking people and takes great pride in its 148-year history and maritime heritage. Residents of Vallejo are situated to take advantage of the best of what the area has to offer. Golf, museums, performing arts, boutique shopping, brewpubs and a wide selection of restaurants are all available in Vallejo. Residents and visitors alike enjoy Vallejo’s delightful historical downtown area, weekly downtown farmer’s market, and beautifully restored Victorian homes and business facades. Vallejo is also home to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, one of America’s only combination wildlife, oceanarium and theme parks.
The Office of the City Attorney provides timely, efficient and high quality legal services, advice and support to the City Council and the City Administration. The Department advances, supports and defends the interests of the City and its missions and goals while remaining dedicated to the principles of professionalism, ethical behavior and accountability.
The Neighborhood Law Program, collaborating with City Departments, outside governmental agencies, and the residents of Vallejo, brings the community, legal resources and remedies together to address quality of life issues.

This recruitment is being conducted to fill one full-time vacancy. The list established by this recruitment may be used to fill future full-time, part-time, limited term, and temporary vacancies for up to one year.

The Office of the City Attorney seeks a highly qualified, innovative, community-oriented Deputy City Attorney interested in public service through the Neighborhood Law Program (NLP).

This position focuses on litigation and problem solving quality of life issues in Vallejo. The NLP prosecutes cases involving illegal dumping, blight, red light abatement, public safety, and general public nuisance. The selected attorney will represent the City in administrative hearings and state court and conduct legal research to provide advice to various City Departments. The ideal candidate demonstrates an interest in prosecuting public nuisance cases, providing advice to City Departments, and defending the City in public safety litigation on an as needed basis.
The NLP represents the City of Vallejo and works in collaboration with community groups, neighbors, and public agencies to achieve the common goal of improving the quality of life for Vallejo residents. The attorneys will work with grass-roots community groups and other government agencies to identify and resolve public nuisances.
The ideal Deputy City Attorney assigned to the NLP is an innovative, community-oriented, self-starter who is civic-minded and passionate about public service. The perfect candidate is someone interested in practicing municipal law through affirmative public nuisance litigation and advice work. Ideally, the Deputy City Attorney would focus on this work and be open to defending the City in public safety litigation when needed. The selected candidate will work under a supervising attorney.

Prior experience in litigation, background in municipal law, strong legal research and writing, oral argument, ordinance drafting, and a commitment to public interest law are desirable qualifications. 
Typical litigation tasks include:

  • Case evaluation: 
  • Demonstrating an understanding of criminal, civil, and administrate law: 
  • Investigating cases and drafting complaints; 
  • Propounding and responding to written and oral discovery; 
  • Representing the City in court, including settlement conferences, motions and trial; 
  • Conduct legal research focused on nuisance abatement; 
  • Attendance at evening meetings is required on as-needed basis; 
  • Handling stressful or sensitive situations with tact and diplomacy.
The Deputy City Attorney will practice municipal law through public nuisance litigation and related advice work. There is an opportunity to defend the City in public safety litigation (e.g. dangerous conditions).
Deputy City Attorney I - This is the entry level class in the Deputy City Attorney series. This class is distinguished from the Deputy City Attorney II by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within the series including drafting pleadings, ordinances, resolutions and contracts, and litigating municipal civil and criminal matters.

This position is unique in that the attorney will address quality of life issues through litigation and advice work. The ideal candidate would demonstrate a commitment to municipal law in prosecuting and providing advice on public nuisance cases and expressing an interest in defending the City in public safety litigation.

Deputy City Attorney I
  • Receives general supervision from the City Attorney.
  • Exercises functional and technical supervision over secretarial and clerical staff.


Examples of Duties

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  • Draft, interpret and enforce various municipal legal documents including ordinances, resolutions, contracts, leases, permits, briefs, memoranda and motions.
  • Advise City departments, boards and commissions on a variety of legal matters; evaluate claims, provide legal advice, and negotiate settlements.
  • Research, respond to, and provide guidance on complaints from citizens regarding City employees, policies or procedures.
  • Appear before courts and administrative proceedings to represent the City's interest; represent the City in civil litigation proceedings as required; prosecute cases.
  • Represent the City on a variety of personal injury loss claims against the City and its employees; defend the City against challenges to the City's policies and laws.
  • Answer questions and provide information to the general public and public agencies regarding municipal code and City policies and procedures.
  • Perform in depth legal research on a wide variety of legal matters.
  • Attend and participate in professional group meetings; stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of law.
  • Coordinate efforts of staff in City departments in resolving and responding to legal matters.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.


Typical Qualifications


  • Basic operational characteristics, services and activities of a municipal law program.
  • Basic organization, duties, powers, limitations, and authority of City government and the City Attorney's Office.
  • Principles and applications of civil and administrative law.
  • Judicial procedures.
  • Methods of legal research.
  • Established precedents applicable to municipal activities.
  • Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes and regulations.
  • Interpret and apply legal principles and procedures.
  • Represent the City in various civil proceedings.
  • Present statements of law, fact and argument clearly and logically.
  • Conduct research on legal problems and prepare sound legal opinions.
  • Properly interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations, and policies.
  • Analyze legal issues and prepare legal documents.
  • Organize, interpret and apply legal principles and knowledge to legal problems.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work including City officials and the general public.
  • To meet the essential functions and physical requirements contained in the Physical Analysis of Job Assignment attached to this specification and incorporated herein by this reference.
Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Some responsible professional legal experience is desirable.
A Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school.
License or Certificate:
Membership in the California State Bar.


Supplemental Information

The Recruitment & Selection Process

1. Applications are due by 5:00 P.M. on Monday, April 19, 2021. Applicants must submit a completed City of Vallejo online application, including all responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire (Resume/Cover Letter Optional), by the posted deadline in order to be considered.

NOTE: If you have problems creating a user account, obtaining your already created account information, or submitting your online application, please contact applicant support directly at 855-524-5627. City of Vallejo HR staff are unable to assist with these issues.


2. Applications will be screened for overall qualifications the week of April 19. 2021.


3. Applicants who are found to be the best qualified may have their supplemental responses scored by subject matter experts and/or be contacted for a preliminary phone interview.  Candidates who are deemed to be the best qualified will be invited to take part in an assessment process which may consist of written, online, oral, or performance exercises. Candidates invited to the assessment process will be notified by email of the date, time, and location of the assessment.

The City reserves the right to limit the number of candidates to those determined to be best qualified based upon all requested application materials, including training and experience, current resume, and responses to supplemental questions.

4. Candidates who are successful in the assessment process will be placed on the Register of Eligibles (eligible list). Candidates will then be referred at the department’s discretion. The Department will conduct all final interviews and make the final candidate selection for this position.

The City of Vallejo is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application, assessment or selection process may contact the Human Resources Department to request an accommodation. Please contact Alex Clark at (707) 648-5402 or send an email to: no later than April 19, 2021 at 5:00 P.M.
The selected candidate will be required to: 1) Submit to reference checks 2) Submit to and successfully pass a pre-employment background check, including fingerprint check. 3) Provide proof of legal right to work in the United States.
Disaster Service Workers - All City of Vallejo ("City") employees are designated Disaster Service Workers ("DSW") by state law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109).  Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all DSW-related training as assigned and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.
Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) - The City of Vallejo is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the City of Vallejo to provide equal employment opportunity for all qualified persons. All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, or denial of medical and family care leave, or any other non-job-related factors.


555 Santa Clara St

Vallejo, CA 94589