The primary responsibilities of the City Attorney include performing executive and professional level work as legal advisor to the Mayor and Council, City Staff and various boards and commissions of the City, planning and organization of civil litigation, mentoring and evaluation of professional legal staff, performing professional civil legal work in accordance with federal, state, and municipal laws. The City Attorney is appointed by, serves at the pleasure of, and reports directly to the Mayor and Council.
Essential Job Functions
Supervises and manages the day-to-day operations of a multi-practice law office, including determinations for the appropriate outsourcing of legal work.
Renders oral and written legal opinions to the Mayor and Council, City Manager, and Department Directors and other City staff as requested.
Prepares court papers, contracts, ordinances, resolutions, deeds, leases, and other legal documents.
Prepares and approves proposed ordinances for consideration by the Mayor and Council.
Reviews the legality and/or sufficiency of contracts, bonds, bids, leases, insurance, and claims.
Attends meetings of the City Council, and other City agencies, committees and boards as required and renders legal advice as needed.
Represents the City in resolving claims, lawsuits and administrative hearings.
Serves the City's interests in various contract negotiations.
Manages, supervises, and reviews the work of legal and support staff, as well as, managing the office budget, support contracts, etc.
Researches, interprets, and applies laws, court decisions, and other legal authority in the preparation of opinions and briefs.
Analyzes legislation including proposed state and federal legislation affecting the City.
Answers communications from the public relative to municipal ordinances and legal matters affecting the City.
Investigates complaints and claims by or against the City.
Organizes, interprets, and applies legal principles and knowledge to complex legal problems.
Comprehends and makes inferences from written material to provide legal representation and advice.
Analyzes narrative and statistical data to make recommendations regarding legal issues affecting the City.
Performs other duties as directed by the Mayor and Aldermen.
Education and Experience: Graduation from a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association with a Juris Doctor degree and extensive, at least seven (7) years, experience practicing law, including litigation and contract law, and managerial or supervisory experience. Prefer experience in contract negotiation and drafting, municipal law, development of ordinances and laws, litigation and mediation, real estate transactions, financing transactions, and employment and labor law. Must be able to obtain State Bar of Georgia license and membership within six months of employment, and maintain membership as a condition of continued employment. Candidates currently licensed and in good standing with the State Bar of Georgia are preferred. This position requires a highly experienced executive level attorney with the experience and ability to manage the hundreds of legal matters which the City encounters each year, and to supervise the work of other lawyers both within and outside the City staff.
Special Requirements: Valid driver's license required. Background investigation, including supervised drug screen, post offer/pre-employment medical screen; and verification of education, certifications, and licenses are required prior to employment.
Internal Number: 1605321
About City of Savannah
Behind Savannah’s historic facade are vibrant, forward-thinking residents, a progressive government, and an innovative business community. Underneath those cobble-stoned streets lie 38 miles of fiber optic cable. Those jaw-dropping container ships that lumber past our picture post card waterfront? They’re headed to the fastest growing and fourth busiest port in the nation.
Savannah’s got a history of technological innovation - we built the first cotton gin, and the first steamship that crossed the ocean - so we’ve got it in our veins. We’re headquarters to a host of technology-related business, everything from giant Gulfstream Aerospace to smaller graphic design and software development pioneers.
We’ve become a magnet for creative talent, and why not? Art galleries are everywhere. One of the world’s most respected design schools - the Savannah College of Art and Design - calls us home. The Savannah Music Festival has grown into one of the largest and most diverse music festivals on the East Coast. The Times of London placed it on its list of “The best events around the world in 2009” - the only event in the United States to make the cut.
Artists, musicians and writers have... long been a fan of our jewel box squares and seductive coastline, serving as the muse for many accomplished creative practitioners. Johnny Mercer, of “Moon River” fame, was a native and is buried at Bonaventure Cemetery surrounded by his lyrics engraved in stone. Writers Conrad Aiken and Flannery O’Conner both hailed from here. Fascinating artists discover the Savannah muse each year.
Savannah’s charm is something out of a fairytale - it’s the most beautiful city in the nation. We’re not just saying that - we’ve actually earned the bragging rights on this one. USA Weekend Magazine declared Savannah one of the “top 10 Most Beautiful Places in America.” The New York Times named us one of the “World’s Top Ten Trendy Travel Hot Spots.” Conde Nast Traveler picked us as a “Top 10 U.S City to Visit.” Southern Living placed us as second on its “Best Southern City” list. And Outlook Magazine called us one of the “Top 25 Places to Live and Work.”
When you’re in Savannah, you know it. The City’s character has ripened over time by looking to our heritage - honoring and loving it - then driving change to realize dreams. Our gnarled, twisting trees - some hundreds of years old - have witnessed this change, but remain firmly rooted in our community’s history. If they could talk, these trees would spin remarkable tales of Savannah’s past. But they would tell even better stories about what lies ahead.