City Attorney

Department of Job Listing: 
Department of Management
Salary Range: 

Annual salary range $80,000.0 to $90,000.00 depending upon qualification and experience. 

General Function: 

Under the supervision of the City Manager, the City Attorney provides legal assistance on matters pertaining to City functions and activities; and acts as the City’s legal representative. The City Attorney administers and manages the activities, personnel and fiscal affairs of the City Department of Law. Nature of the work is complex; demanding technical skills of some breadth and depth. Work consists of variable situations requiring analysis and evaluation. The employee routinely comes in contact with the City Manager, Department Heads, employees, City Council members and members of various boards, commissions and Trusts. Advanced social skills in influencing and communicating with people are necessary due to the nature of the job.

 Working conditions are generally inside climate controlled facilities, with some exposure to outdoor weather conditions. This employee must be able to tolerate stress due to meeting deadlines and maintaining control over large quantities of information. The employee is expected to attend meetings at night as necessary or required and may be required to observe work sites, equipment and operations at various times and under a variety of conditions.

Essential Duties: 

The City Attorney is an officer of the City, the administrative head of the Department of Law and reports directly to the City Manager. Organizationally; directs, observes and evaluates assigned personnel of legal secretary, juvenile offender probation staff, and legal clerk.

  •  Administers the City Workers’ Compensation and Safety Program.
  • Prepares municipal ordinances and resolutions for Council consideration.
  • Provides legal opinions to the City Council, City Manager, Department Heads, various Boards, Trusts, Commissions and subcommittees of the City.
  • Makes recommendations on tort claims to the City Council.
  • Reviews grants, contracts, agreements, bonds, insurance certificates, easements, deeds and other legal instruments.
  • Represents the City, City Boards and Commissions and employees acting within the scope of their employment as necessary in appeals to State and/or Federal Courts.
  • Enforces the ordinances of the City by necessary court action and prosecutes suits at the direction of the City Council.
  • Defends the City, City Boards and Commissions, Trusts and employees acting within the scope of their employment on suits arising out of the conduct of City functions.
  • May participate in labor negotiations, arbitration disputes, and civil service disputes.
  • Acts as City Prosecutor in Municipal Courts of the City which include; traffic, criminal, municipal juvenile offenders, and environmental offenders of various code and licensing ordinances. May be required to further prosecute on appeals to District Court.
  • Attends City Council meetings to provide legal opinions or information.
  • Attends administrative staff, and other meetings when requested by the City Manager.
  • Supervises the Department of Law, to include establishment of departmental policies and procedures, interview and selection of employees, planning and conduct of departmental activities and planning, preparation and administration of departmental budget.
  • Performs routine supervisory duties, including performance evaluations, disciplinary and execution of personnel policies and procedures.
  • Assist in establishing Safety/Risk Management policies and procedures and insures compliance.
  • Performs other duties as required or directed; in a manner which supports the vision, goals and the strategic objectives as well as the overall effectiveness of the organization.


Minimal Acceptable Qualifications: 
  • Knowledge of principles of Safety/Risk Management, OSHA regulations, COBRA Act, Worker’s Compensation and laws and regulations applicable to Human Resources and benefits administration.
  • Knowledge of Federal, State and municipal statutes and ordinances.
  • Knowledge of municipal operations and functions of City Departments.
  • Knowledge of labor law and collective bargaining procedures.
  • Knowledge of principles of management and supervision.
  • Knowledge of Pay Plan and other personnel policies and procedures.
  • Skill in collecting, organizing and analyzing large quantities of information.
  • Skill in public speaking.
  • Skill in presenting facts and opinions orally and in writing.
  • Skill in planning, directing and evaluating the work of others.
  • Skill in preparing and administering a budget.
  • Ability to relate to others with tact and diplomacy.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to retain and recall information. 
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Ability to think logically and objectively.
  • Ability to make decisions using good judgment and assume responsibility for their impact.
  • Must have a valid Oklahoma Driver License and a driving record acceptable to the City’s insurance carrier.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively by telephone, in writing and in person.
  • Must be of sufficient physical stamina required in working long hours and meeting hectic work schedule, making presentations and observing work sites, equipment and operations.
Supervision Given and Received: 
  • Employee supervises departmental staff.
  • Employee performs most duties on an independent basis but is subject to broad direction and review by the City Manager.


Education and Experience: 
  • Possession of Juris Doctorate Degree from accredited school of Law.
  • Must be licensed by the Oklahoma State Bar Association (required).
  • Previous experience in Municipal law, healthcare administration or Risk Management preferred.