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FILING DEADLINE: Continuous. The application filing may close any time after ten days from the issue date of this job announcement if sufficient qualified applications have been received. Postmarks are not acceptable; therefore, it is important to submit your application as soon as possible. First application review on March 14, 2022.

THE POSITION: Under general direction, performs legal work involving a wide range of municipal, civil and criminal law topics; handles routine professional legal tasks; attends meetings of various Boards and Commissions in an advisory capacity; performs related work as required.

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES: The following typical tasks and responsibilities are representative of all positions in the class. They are descriptive, not limiting. Conducts legal research as needed; Draft’s ordinances, charter amendments, resolutions, contracts, deeds, leases, permits, licenses and other legal instruments; Provides legal advice to City departments; Provides staff training on various laws affecting City departments; Reviews and interprets federal, state, county and city statutes, ordinances, rules, regulations, court decisions, laws and other legal authority; Prepares, assists and handles civil litigation cases; Represents the City in court cases encompassing a variety of subject matters, including all phases of pretrial, trial and appellate work; represents the City in writ proceedings; Prepares or assists in administrative hearings before City Boards and Commissions, as well as state and federal agencies and represents the City in such hearings; Acts as legal advisor to a variety of City Boards and Commissions, and attends meetings, hearings and occasionally City Council meetings; Answers correspondence and public inquiries on legal/municipal matters related to City business; Prosecutes criminal matters on occasion. Please Click Here for the Full Job Description: Deputy City Attorney I, Deputy City Attorney II

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Applications will only be accepted from those applicants who clearly demonstrate on the COMPLETED City application, supplemental questionnaire, and resume that they have:


  • Graduated from an accredited American Bar Association law school with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree
  • Minimum of two (2) years’ experience in the practice of law, preferably with a governmental agency; and demonstration of civil litigation experience, which includes the representation of either a plaintiff or defendant throughout a civil lawsuit process. Substantial experience in the representation of municipal clients may be substituted for lack of experience in civil litigation
  • Active member of the California State Bar Association
  • Possession of a valid California Class “C” driver’s license.
  • Must be able to pass a police background


  • In addition to the above, must have an additional two (2) years’ experience in the practice of law, preferably in a municipal setting and substantial civil litigation.

Desirable: Ties to Kern County, strong written and oral communication skills, and work well under pressure.

OTHER MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge of: General civil law; Pleading, practices and effective techniques in the presentation of court cases; Methods of litigation and court representation; Structure and operations of municipal government; Computer applications related to work. Ability to: Prepare clear, concise and competent resolutions, ordinances, contracts, leases, permits, reports, correspondence and other written materials; Formulate and present legal opinions on various aspects of municipal operations; Define issues, perform legal research, analyze problems, evaluate alternatives and make sound conclusions and recommendations; Physical Conditions or Special Working Conditions: Standard office environment and working conditions; Must be able to work evenings and attend meetings as requested by the City Attorney. Standard office environment and working conditions.

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