Definition: Under the supervision and direction of the borough mayor and/or his designee, the borough assembly and/or the school board, the borough attorney is responsible for the operation, management and administration of the legal department as set forth in KPB 2.32.
Minimum Qualifications: Admission to practice law in the State of Alaska and at least eight years of legal practice with experience in municipal or other administrative law, contract and property law, legal research and writing, and related areas. Must have a valid Alaska driver's license to perform all job functions.
Substantial experience in the practice of law, including administrative and trial court litigation, and appellate experience in Alaska.
Several years of experience in the general practice of law in the State of Alaska with some experience in the fields of Alaska municipal law, real estate law, and tax law.
A thorough knowledge of, and skill in, the methods of legal research and draftsmanship, including electronic and traditional forms of legal research.
The ability to plan and supervise the work of professional assistants.
The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, superiors, public officials, other department heads, and the general public.
Detailed knowledge of federal, state and Alaska municipal, civil law including the constitutional and statutory law pertaining to Alaska borough government law. Working knowledge of Alaska municipal criminal law.
Thorough knowledge of legal requirements relating to the authority and functions of borough and municipal departments and service areas.
Knowledge of judicial procedures, rules of evidence and court practice in the state and federal courts in Alaska.
Knowledge of established precedents and sources of legal reference applicable to borough legal activities.
Ability to organize, interpret, and apply legal principles and knowledge to complex legal problems, in drafting sound legal opinions, and in preparation of a wide variety of legal documents.
Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.
Considerable progressive experience in the practice of municipal law.
Administers the legal department of the borough, including preparation of budget, monitoring expenditures, and overseeing maintenance of legal resources.
Responsible for the planning, staffing, and supervising an organization for meeting the legal service needs of the borough and school district.
Serves as the chief legal advisor to the borough, and is responsible for providing legal services for the mayor, borough assembly, all departments and service areas, officials of the borough, and the school board.
Represents the borough in all matters, civil and criminal, coming before any court or tribunal, as well as the school district upon request.
Drafts ordinances and resolutions including supporting analyses, policies and procedures requested by the mayor, assembly, school board, departments, boards and commissions.
Drafts and approves as to form and legal sufficiency all contracts, bonds and other similar documents to which the borough is a party, or supervises such drafting and approval by the deputy or assistant borough attorneys.
Furnishes necessary legal certificates required by state and federal agencies.
Supervises the work of outside counsel or law specialists retained by the borough.
Advises the mayor, assembly, school board, school district and other borough personnel.
Participates in a wide range of activities related to risk management of the borough.
Supervises and trains clerical and technical staff as needed.
Performs such other duties as may be required by the mayor, assembly and borough departments.
Physical Demands:While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to communicate orally and to use hands and fingers dexterously to operate office equipment; regularly required to sit; and occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms. Very occasionally required to transport up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required include close vision and the ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Additional Salary Information: Full benefits including health care, personal leave, administrative leave, retirement.
About Kenai Peninsula Borough
The Kenai Peninsula Borough is a Second Class Borough. The Borough operates within the framework established by applicable Alaska state law. Additionally, the Borough's powers and operations are determined by the Borough's Code of Ordinances. The borough attorney’s powers and duties are specified in AS 29.20.370 and KPB 2.32.020. Since incorporation in 1964, eight individuals have served as the Borough Attorney.
The Borough Attorney is the legal advisor for the Borough. The Borough’s legal department provides legal advice, representation, and assistance to the Borough Administration, Assembly, Departments, Service Areas, and School District.
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