POSITION: Civil Counsel
DEPARTMENT: Civil Counsel
SUPERVISOR: County Administrator
LOCATION: Emmet County Building (or where directed)
RATE OF PAY: $87,000 – $95,000 annually

• Provides legal advice and assistance in the furtherance in the best interests of Emmet County government. This Includes, but is not limited to the following; While under the direction of the County Administrator, conducts research, assists in the creation, review and development of policies and procedures, and rendering legal opinions and advice to the Board of Commissioners. Also, provide legal advice to committees created by State law or local authority, County Administrator, County staff and other elected officials on their rights, obligations and / or privileges and compliance with statutory and contractual obligations.
• May provide legal advice and assistance as directed by the County Administrator to the CCE-911 authority, Emergency Management, Land Bank Authority, Local Revenue Sharing Boards, Bay Bluffs Medical Care Facility, and other entities. This includes conducting research and rendering legal opinions and advice to all such entities on their rights, obligations and/or privileges and compliance with statutory and contractual obligations. Subject to the Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct, acts and takes positions in the benefit of, or in position of the best interests of Emmet County while advising the other entities above.
• Serves as the County Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Coordinator, review all FOIA requests, and with assistance of staff, direct responses to FOIA requests. Civil Counsel and office staff are responsible for timely, lawful fulfillment of FOIA requests.
• Serves as the Parliamentarian for the County to ensure compliant meeting proceedings. Provides direction, training or assistance to Board of Commissioner members or staff.
• Remains abreast of current laws, regulations, and case law pertinent to the duties of Civil Counsel. Attends training sessions, workshops and seminars as directed.
• Researches historical County proceedings to ensure accurate application and interpretation of governmental statutes, policies, ordinances and decisions approved by previous Boards of Commissioners or other entities.
• Creates, reviews, interprets and modifies as necessary, contract language for services and materials in preparation for submission to the County Administrator and/or Board of Commissioners.
• Assist Human Resources Department on employer-employee related matters.
• Enforces County Ordinances and State Statutes when the County acts as enforcing agency
• Supervises designated professional and support staff.
• Any and all other duties as assigned by the County Administrator.

• Able to communicate with all levels of constituents and County government officials.
• Ability to break down complex legal requirements or statutory guidelines for County staff and the Board of Commissioners.
• Must possess moral, legal and ethical standards and display those while employed by Emmet County.
• Must be flexible with scheduled work hours, attend meetings or after hours contact in emergent situations.
• Must make County Administrator aware of any unavailability issues in advance whenever possible.
• Must possess strong ability to keep information relayed or learned confidential.

• Ability to direct, and monitor services and coordinate activities with other County departments.
• Possess good analytical and research proficiency.
• Proficiency in creating and reviewing contracts, agreements, LOUs, MOUs, and other related documents.
• Proficiency in statutory law, case law, and attorney general opinions related to the Freedom of Information Act, the Open Meetings Act, and Robert’s Rules of Order – Newly Revised.
• Ability to analyze program data and program objectives and recommend policy and procedural changes; ability to organize, direct, and monitor services and coordinate activities with other County departments; possess analytical research proficiency and ability to research and analyze data.
• Must be able to review and understand complex grant guidelines for local, state or federal grant programs.
• Proficiency in English grammar, spelling, punctuation, and simple mathematical functions such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, percentages, ratios, etc.
• Knowledge and ability to use a personal computer to prepare reports, write memoranda, maintain records, search for and compile data.
• Must be familiar, or possesses the ability to learn, understand and operate in utilizing multiple different types of computer programs, including word, adobe, excel and multiple software programs including Nova-time, Novus agenda, FMX, BS&A, and others.
• Possess advance interpersonal skills necessary to either conduct or assist in conducting negotiations and working relationships with others.

• 3-5 years progressively responsible experience as an attorney of civil and municipal law matters.
• Minimum 3 years’ experience in municipal/law Corporate Counsel position
• Minimum of 2 years’ experience in Human Resources

• Juris Doctorate; licensed to practice law in the state of Michigan
• Member in good standing of the State Bar of Michigan
• Valid MI driver’s license and personal vehicle insurance

• Background Investigation required
• Drug Screen required
• Professional & personal reference review

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by a person in this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties that may be performed by such a person.

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