CITY OF MESQUITE, TEXAS seeks a CITY ATTORNEY (Salary range is high $100K TO low $200K range, DOQ, with excellent benefits) Mesquite is ideally situated in eastern Dallas County with the Cities of Garland located to the north and Dallas to the west. Easily accessible by road or air, Mesquite is located along Interstate Highway 635 with convenient access to Interstate Highways 20 and 30 and US Highway 80 and is home to the internationally renowned Mesquite Championship Rodeo. A first-tier suburb of the Dallas and Fort Worth Metropolitan Statistical Area, Mesquite covers 49 square miles, offering exceptional quality of life to approximately 145,000 residents. Today, Mesquite is the 20th largest city in Texas.
Mesquite offers the convenience of a large metropolitan city while retaining a charming, small town atmosphere. The community enjoys a diverse economy with a strong and thriving retail base centered around Town East Mall and a large portion of Mesquite’s economy derives from its retail shopping, restaurants, and entertainment. Mesquite’s Rows of Texas boasts one of the highest concentrations of retail shops in the region and has more than 100 dining establishments. Many of these businesses are regional, state, and national leaders in sales and volume within their industry.
The incumbent City Attorney has been the City Attorney since 1988 and has announced his retirement. The City Attorney’s Office adopted budget is $1,183,120 and includes five staff attorneys and three support staff. The City Attorney is responsible for serving as the chief legal consultant and advisor to the City Council, City Manager, boards and commissions, and key executives. The City Attorney’s Office represents the City of Mesquite and its authorized representatives in civil and administrative litigation, as well as the State of Texas in municipal court prosecutions.
The ideal candidate will have competence in general areas of municipal law and know when to seek outside legal services in those areas that fall outside of his/her direct experience or capacity of the office. It is preferred that the new City Attorney will have direct experience with employment law, contract law, economic development and redevelopment, land use planning and zoning.
The successful candidate will hold a JD degree from an accredited school of law, a license to practice law in Texas, hold a Texas Class “C” driver’s license and any combination of related education, experience, certifications and licenses that will result in a candidate successfully performing the essential functions of the job. A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible legal experience and at least five years of experience supervising other attorneys and legal support staff is required.
Qualified candidates should submit a resume online by visiting our website at https://springsted-waters.recruitmenthome.com/postings/1959. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by May 18, 2018. Following the first review date, applications will be screened against criteria provided in the brochure, and the City Council will consider offering interviews to selected candidates. Interviews in Mesquite will be offered to those candidates named as finalists, with reference checks, background checks, and academic verifications conducted after receiving candidates’ permission. For more information, please contact Chuck Rohre at email@example.com or 214-466-2436 or Patty Heminover at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-223-3058. The City of Mesquite is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce. Under Texas statutes, information from your resume may be subject to release to the public at any time during the process; however, Springsted | Waters will endeavor to maintain confidentiality as long as possible.
Additional Salary Information: DOQ, with excellent benefits
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