City of Anaheim
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Assistant City Attorney – Public Utilities
City Attorney’s Office
City of Anaheim, California
Annual Salary: $156,264 – $234,396 DOE/DOQ
*Scheduled COLAs: 5% in June 2024 and 5% in June 2025*


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The City of Anaheim, California, seeks an Assistant City Attorney to act as General Counsel for its Public Utilities Department, which serves the water and power needs of the Anaheim community. This Attorney will serve as the primary legal advisor for the Department, offering legal expertise on a wide range of utility issues, including policy discussions, transactional matters, and utilities litigation. The ideal candidate is a passionate, motivated, and personable general counsel with exceptional communication and mentorship skills. They will be a critical partner for the Department, capable of making sound independent judgments, advising executive leadership on complex policy and regulatory matters, and providing leadership as well as utilities expertise for two Deputy City Attorneys. The City Attorney’s Office offers a vibrant work environment, characterized by stability, good work-life balance, and flexibility. With unique opportunities for professional growth and development, including exposure to high-profile projects such as the decommissioning of a nuclear power plant and engagement in power purchase agreements, the Assistant City Attorney will find ample room to make a meaningful impact while contributing to the City's continued growth and success. Use your exceptional legal skills in a dynamic and exciting work environment – apply today! 


The ideal candidate will possess a strong background in utility law and/or general counsel experience within a public sector organization with skills transferable to the position, coupled with the ability to lead, influence, and run legal operations independently. They will serve as a critical partner to the Public Utilities Department, prioritize mentorship and development of junior attorneys, and ensure alignment with the City’s objectives while adhering to legal and regulatory frameworks, such as the Anaheim City Charter, Brown Act, Proposition 26, Proposition 218, the Public Contracts Code, and CEQA and other environmental rules and regulations. Experience navigating the complexities of a highly regulated environment is essential for this role, as is experience working with executive leadership and elected or appointed officials. The ability to persuade others, inspire collaboration, and act as a business partner will be critical for success. This Assistant City Attorney will be an engaging, diplomatic, politically astute, and confident leader who is flexible and open to diverse ideas and change.