City Attorney

City of Merced

Merced is a dynamic community of approximately 84,464, with friendly small town living in a mid-size city. Located in the heart of California’s agricultural Central Valley, Merced is the region’s hub for education, culture and business. The community offers abundant shopping, pleasant neighborhoods and tree-lined streets. Even with recent increases in prices, Merced’s housing remains affordable compared to many other California locations. Merced has historically been the “Gateway to Yosemite,” and residents also enjoy short drives to skiing, beaches, fishing and other outdoor attractions.

The City Attorney is appointed by the City Council and acts as legal advisor and counsel for legal issues involving City matters. The City Attorney’s office provides expert legal advice and advocacy to and on behalf of the City Council, the Public Financing Authority, their committees and commissions, as well as to the City Manager and all city departments, so that policies are established and programs administered within the law. The local area is currently experiencing a very strong economic rebound that is expected to continue. Due to the strong economy, land use and development issues are at the forefront and new City Attorney will need to have a seasoned background handling the nuances of those issues.

The new City Attorney must be especially adept in dealing in complex land use and CEQA related issues. Preferred qualifications for this position are seven or more years of California experience in the practice of municipal law. Experience at the City Attorney or Assistant City Attorney level and/or experience managing a team of lawyers is also preferred. A Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school with current membership in the California State Bar is required. The salary for this position is up to $184,500 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 April 13, 2018.

Bill Avery or Bill Lopez
Avery Associates
3½ N. Santa Cruz Ave., Suite A
Los Gatos, CA 95030