Chief Assistant City Attorney

City of Santa Rosa

The City of Santa Rosa is located just 55 miles north of San Francisco and 30 miles east of the Pacific Ocean with a population of over 175,000. Santa Rosa is the county seat of Sonoma County and the urban heart of wine country. The City boasts many attractions associated with large cities, including a symphony, performing arts center, theater productions and internationally-recognized restaurants, yet still retains the warmth and small town feel of decades past.

The Chief Assistant City Attorney is a newly created management position.  The Chief Assistant will assist the City Attorney in the oversight of the Office, will have primary responsibility to act for the City Attorney in her absence, and will provide professional legal services to the City Council and to all City departments. It is anticipated that the Chief Assistant will be engaged in sophisticated policy and transactional matters, will provide direction and counsel regarding sensitive labor and employment issues, and will represent the City in administrative and judicial proceedings.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced public entity lawyer with strong management and leadership capabilities. Examples of preferred qualifications would include seven or more years of experience performing duties similar to an Assistant City Attorney, five of which are with or in support of a public agency. A Juris Doctor degree with current membership in the California State Bar is required, as well as an ability to gain admission to practice in Federal court for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.  The current salary range for this at will position is $156,070 - $195,014 annually, DOQ. To be considered, please visit the Avery Associates Career Portal at to upload your letter of interest, resume and contact information including email addresses for five work-related references to Bill Avery by May 17, 2019.