Assistant City Attorney

City of Santa Maria



“Shape your career while shaping your community”

Salary:  $126,725.56 – 154,035.96* DOE/DOQ

*3% raise scheduled for December 31, 2019; 2% raise scheduled for December 31, 2020.

The City of Santa Maria seeks an Assistant City Attorney who is customer-service focused, a self-starter, experienced at providing legal counsel on matters related to land use, CEQA, and land development. Our ideal candidate is politically savvy, a relationship builder, a problem solver, has a high level of emotional intelligence, and is someone who has experience serving public sector organizations.

For more information please see the complete recruitment:


Candidates best suited for this dynamic organization will be collaborative, politically savvy, emotionally intelligent, bright, flexible, proactive, and influential. Candidates should also bring a high degree of professional independence, exceptionally good legal judgment, and a proven track record of providing an exceptional customer service experience.

This is an at-will position within the City Attorney’s Office that serves as part of the City’s management team. This position assists the City Attorney with all operational and legal matters and provides a wide range of advice and support to all City departments and elected and appointed officials.  This position also supports the planning commission and works closely with others in land development.

Become a part of our dynamic team and you will:

Work with City planners to develop the first general plan update in 40 years and be part of shaping land use in the city for several decades.
Help lead a team of administrative and professional staff.
Contribute to budget development, spending oversight, and building our new culture.


Graduation from an accredited law school.
Six years of law experience.
Active membership, in good standing, with the State Bar of California.
Possession of valid California Driver License, with a satisfactory driving record, by the date of appointment.
Ability to successfully pass a background investigation performed by the Santa Maria Police Department.

Preferred, but not required:

Legal concentration in: land use, CEQA, land development.
Background serving municipal clients either in private practice, or within a municipal organization.
Litigation experience.


The annual salary range is: $126,725.56 – 154,035.96 DOE/DOQ (A 3% raise scheduled for December 31, 2019 and a 2% raise is scheduled for December 31, 2020); salary will be negotiated depending upon qualifications and experience.  Salary also includes a great benefits package, see above link for more details.


This is an open continuous recruitment; however, for first consideration apply by September 16th by completing an application and submitting your cover letter and resume to:

If you have questions about this position, please contact Katrina Garcia:

Or Call: (805) 925-0951 x2394

Save the Dates:

October 10th and 11th: Interview dates (candidates selected to interview will need to be available for both days)

The City of Santa Maria is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

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