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Assistant County Attorney

Location : Ocala
Job Type : Regular
Reference Code : 11081425
Hours : Full Time
Required Education : Juris Doctorate
Travel : No
Relocation : No

Job Description :
Veterans Preference 


This is a highly responsible professional position providing complete legal representation to the Board of County Commissioners. This position exercises considerable independent judgment and performs a variety of complex legal tasks.

The following statements describe the principal functions of this job and its scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including working in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods, or otherwise to balance the work load.

  • Drafts legal opinions, resolutions, and ordinances.

  • Attends meetings of the Commission advisory boards and committees of the Commission to provide legal counsel.

  • Assists County Commission and County Administration in the negotiations and preparation of agreements, leases, deeds and other documents.

  • Represents the County in litigation, including civil litigation, administrative actions, and code enforcement actions.

  • Renders legal advice to the County Administration, department managers, and County employees concerning federal and state statutory, administrative, and case law, and offers solutions to legal problems.

  • This is a professional, salaried position. May have to work some evenings to cover evening meetings; some weekend work if necessary to prepare for hearings; subject to being on-call for Emergency Management duties during hurricanes and similar emergencies. 


  • Performs other tasks as assigned. 

The "customer" of the County Attorney's office is the entity, the "Marion County Board of County Commissioners, its officers and employees." Personal contact occurs with other employees of the County Attorney's office, employees of other departments in the County, outside attorneys and court personnel, citizens, and customers of the department. Service is provided in person or by phone contact.

Responsible for directly and regularly directing and coordinating the work of a legal assistant, with no indirect supervision.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed here are representative of the knowledge, skills, and ability required.

Language Skills

  • Ability to actively listen. Ability to speak with brevity in a focused manner.

  • Ability to conduct interviews.

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents.

  • Ability to respond to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints.

  • Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style.

  • Ability to make speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or boards.

  • Ability to write pleadings, motions, briefs and memoranda. 

Mathematical Skills

  • Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volumes.

  • Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry. 

Problem Solving Ability

  • Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems.

  • Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.

  • Analyzes major organization-wide policies, budgets, procedures, systems or accounting methods on a continuous basis. 

Specialized Skills and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of the laws of Florida, the Common law, all local legislation pertaining to the County and administrative law including regulations and their enforcement.

  • Considerable knowledge of the principles, methods, materials, and practices of legal research and writing.

  • Ability to prepare and interpret a highly technical and involved legal documents, legal opinions and proposed legislation.

  • Must work under the direction of the County Attorney.

  • Ability to deal with local government officials, County department heads, employees and with the general public.

  • Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.

  • Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.

  • Ability to take a teamwork approach to the job by cooperating with others, offering to help others when needed, and considering larger organization or team goals rather than individual concerns. Includes the ability to build a constructive team spirit where team members are committed to the goals and objectives of the team. 

Machines and Equipment
This employee will be required to operate a computer, calculator, telephone, fax machine, copy machine, and other general office equipment in the completion of the tasks of the position.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee will occasionally be required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, and lift up to twenty-five pounds; and will regularly be required to sit, and frequently use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. Some work may involve going into the field to make inspections and investigations. No special vision requirements.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level for this environment is quiet to moderate.

Required Qualifications :
Education and Experience 

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Law Degree and licensed to practice law in the State of Florida. Previous local government law experience desirable.

Valid Florida Driver License for required travel

Licensed to practice law in the State of Florida.

Work Schedule: Full Time, May have to work some evenings and weekend work if necessary; subject to being on-call for Emergency Management duties during hurricanes and similar emergencies.

Salary: $33.65 - $51.98 per hour, DOE
Skills :
Case Law Decision Making Legal research Litigation (legal) Written and Oral Communication
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