Selected by and under the supervision of the City Manager, provides legal counsel to the City Council, City Manager Staff, various City boards and commissions, and the City departments.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
•Assists in ensuring that the City faithfully performs its functions pursuant to federal, state, and local statutes, regulations and ordinances.
•Provides professional legal advice to the City Council, its Boards and Commissions, City Manager, department directors, and employees on issues of law, providing them with information on various topics, reviewing agendas, ensuring compliance with the Open Meeting Act, updating them on tort claims and litigation, and transmitting information sufficient for them to make a decisions.
•Responds to questions regarding various matters of law and forwards questions pertaining to operational issues to the City Manager.
•Prepares for and attends City Council meetings and all other city-related meetings where legal assistance is needed.
•Conducts regular staff meetings and makes assignments on matters outside the general realm of duties.
•Supports the City, City Manager, city employees, and the City Council in litigation.
•Represents the City Council, the City Manager, and City employees in administrative and legal proceedings in federal, state, district and appellate courts.
•Works with attorneys and support staff on completion of various tasks, professional development, and overall organizational structure.
•Conducts legal research and provides a variety of legal memoranda and reports.
•Participates in and oversees attorneys and support staff involved in litigation and tort claims processing.
•Is responsible for discovery, draft pleadings, motions and briefs, taking depositions, and trying cases.
•Provides Municipal Court prosecution, including management by outside counsel (support role in terms of document provision, interpretation of municipal law, general oversight, bill review, and strategy).
•Provides legal advice to City employees, including department directors, on a variety of legal matters regarding labor and employment laws, federal and environmental laws, planning, zoning, land use, subpoenas, Brady/Giglio matters, pending claims, medical malpractice issues, water rights, annexations, open records requests, assessment districts, open meetings, city codes, state statutes, collections, records retention, competitive bidding and purchasing.
•Drafts ordinances, resolutions, contracts, and deeds.
•Reviews documents prepared by other parties.
•Designs and facilitates comprehensive training programs for City employees.
•Responds to questions and problems presented by private individuals regarding City business.
•Supervises department personnel.
•Assists in the development, implementation, and oversight of policies and procedures.
•Performs other duties as assigned.
Requires graduation from an accredited School of Law, supplemented by three to five years of related experience; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid Driver's License issued by the State of Oklahoma for the type of vehicle or equipment operated. Possession of an Oklahoma Bar License to practice law, Admitted to practice in Federal Court for the Northern, Eastern, and Western District Courts of Oklahoma, as well as the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
About City of Broken Arrow
The City of Broken Arrow will set the standard by providing the best municipal programs and services in the region, while promoting a positive environment for the families, businesses, community organizations and visitors.
The City of Broken Arrow operates under a council-manager form of government. The legislative and policy-making body consists of a five-member City Council. The Mayor is elected within the Council membership. The City Manager is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the government.
Broken Arrow has more than 800 employees and an operating fiscal year budget of $240 million.
Broken Arrow is located in northeast Oklahoma, and is the forth largest city in the state with an estimated population of 112,000 people. Spread out over fifty five square miles, Broken Arrow is located in the Tulsa and Wagoner counties. Residents in Broken Arrow enjoy a high quality of life, characterized by low crime, high performing schools, affordable housing and easy access to many parks and recreational facilities. With destination attractions in the Rose District, the Performing Arts Center, Warren Theatre, Bass Pro Shops and more, residents and visitors have many options when it comes to choosing shopping, dining and cultural and entertainment activities.