Budget & Finance Director

Department/Agency of position: 
Clatsop County Budget & Finance Department
Location of position: 
Astoria, OR
$90,465 - $122,394
Date Posted: 
Monday, January 6, 2020
Closing Date: 
Friday, January 31, 2020
Job Description: 

As County Counsel you will join our dynamic management team to provide legal advice, counsel, and representation to the Board of County Commissioners, elected officials, the County Manager, and department heads. You will be consulted and guide the county with primary emphasis in municipal law.

The successful candidate will:

  • Draft legal documents and provide legal counsel to the Board of County Commissioners, county officers, departments, and other boards and commissions regarding the powers and duties of county officials (including constitutional, statutory and administrative).
  • Attend all required meetings including public meetings and work sessions; advise on legal rights and responsibilities and other legal issues.
  • Interpret federal, state and local legislation, statutes, rules and regulations; review and make recommendations of proposed policy or procedural changes. Advise on questions of legal liability.
  • Research, study and interpret laws, decisions of the courts and other legal authorities, and precedents to ensure that ordinances, resolutions, contracts, agreements, leases, deeds and other legal documents, opinions, and briefs are accurate and comply with current civil, state and federal law.
  • Keep abreast of decisions on legislation affecting the county.
  • Interpret proposed and current legislation and administrative rules.
  • Review all claims against the county and take appropriate action including coordination with the county’s risk management consultants.
  • Conduct complex legal research concerning county legal matters and litigation to formulate defense, initiate legal action, or provide legal opinions to county officials.
  • Prepare, review, and analyze proposed and current contracts, leases, select ordinances, and policies.
  • Communicate with attorneys representing other parties dealing with the county.
  • Prepare interpretations and legal opinions, assist with complex legal problems in a variety of ways as requested by the Board of County Commissioners or department directors.
  • Advise county management on key administrative issues.
  • Represent the county in civil cases in state and federal courts by preparing pleadings, appearing in hearings and trials, and providing oral and written arguments on behalf of the county.