Career Details


County Attorney
posted : 04/25/2023
Status :
Close Date :
Until Filled
Salary :
Type :
Full Time
General Job Description

Provides legal advice to County Council, the County Administrator, Assistant County Administrators/Division Directors, Department Heads, Offices, Boards, Committees, Commissions, and County employees and officials. Prepares legal memoranda, drafts ordinances and resolutions, drafts and reviews legal documents. Provides legal representation and attendance at various types of public meetings and administrative hearings. Under limited supervision, manages and directs activities and functions of the Legal Department in accordance with the policies and procedures set forth by County Council and the Administrator.

Duties for this Position
  • Supervises staff including but not limited to prioritizing and assigning work, monitoring and managing performance and conducting performance evaluations, ensuring staff is trained, maintains standards, coordinates activities, allocates personnel, makes hiring, supervisory and disciplinary decisions.
  • Develops and maintains effective working and administrative relationships with the various departments, offices, boards, commissions, courts, etc. that the Legal Department serves. Attends meetings of relevant agencies and organizations, when appropriate, collaborates with various organizations, other counties and municipalities in proactively seeking passage of State laws that would benefit the County.
  • Provides legal advice to County Council, Administrator, Assistant County Administrators/Division Directors, etc. to ensure that actions taken are legal by referencing laws, codes, and previous legal opinions and precedents.
  • Provides legal advice to County Department heads and staff on policy development and operations by referencing laws, codes, and previous legal opinions and precedents.
  • Drafts ordinances and resolutions based on current laws, codes, ordinances, and input from County staff, Council, and outside agencies.
  • Coordinates, monitors and handles claims and litigation by and against the County by working with County personnel, outside counsel, and by assuming a leading role in certain instances.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of major County-wide and departmental policies to ensure legal propriety and advisability.
  • Attends Council meetings, committee meetings, public hearings, and other meetings related to the job, to provide legal advice on parliamentary procedure, on proposed courses of action or policy questions.
  • Provides legal advice to various boards and commissions by interpreting County codes or other relevant legal authority.
  • Analyzes facts and applicable law, regulations, policies and other precedents to determine appropriate and permissible courses of action for the County.
  • Prepares, evaluates and processes a variety of documents to be forwarded, copied, published and/or approved as necessary, including but not limited to: memoranda, pleadings, contracts, ordinances, resolutions, correspondence, etc.
  • Maintains current knowledge of county ordinances, relevant State laws, and regulations in conjunction with processes, programs and policies involving the County.
  • Evaluates pending legislation and statues, responding to changing regulations and technology.
  • Responds to constituent complaints and issues, as appropriate, follows-up regarding complaint disposition.
  • Performs liaison activities to other local, Sate and Federal agencies and organizations.
  • Performs work during emergency/disaster situations.
  • Performs related duties as may be required.
Position Minimum Requirements
  • Requires Juris Doctor degree of Law from an accredited college or university, and is admitted and licensed to practice law in the State of South Carolina. Must have at minimum of five (5) years’ experience as a government attorney, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Must have completed all Rule 403 requirements. Considerable litigation experience a definite plus.
  • Must be able to pass the required pre-employment physical and background check.