Amarillo sits at the crossroads of America, almost equidistant from both coasts, with a population of 199,000 residents and covering 100 square miles. Amarillo is the 14th largest city in Texas in terms of population. Located in Potter and Randall counties in the Texas Panhandle, it is the county seat of Potter County. Amarillo is situated at the intersection of Interstate 40 and Interstate 27, approximately 120 miles north of Lubbock, 360 miles northwest of Dallas-Fort Worth, and centered approximately 275 miles from both Albuquerque and Oklahoma City.
As Deputy City Attorney, the individual filling this role must have a ready knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process. As an important member of the management team, this individual must excel in the ability to interact and communicate effectively with a wide variety of individuals and entities, including but not limited to judges, law enforcement officials, fellow attorneys, defendants, department directors, and citizens.
This position requires a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from an accredited school of law and a license in good standing to practice law in the State of Texas. A minimum of seven years of progressive experience in a city attorney’s office, either as city attorney or first assistant in a city of 75,000 population or greater is required. A combination of four years of municipal experience and a minimum of four years of moderate to heavy trial experience will be considered equivalent experience in a Texas local governmental entity. If the requisite experience is in a private law firm that represents cities, then the individual attorney’s time devoted to municipal practice must have been at least 50% or more of the practice each month. A valid Texas Driver’s License is required.
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