Deputy County Counsel I/II/III

Amador County

Level I: $7,265-$8,831 per month
Level II: $7,992-$9,714 per month
Level III: $8,785-$10,678 per month

Amador County covers 568 square miles ranging from gently rolling slopes in the west to rugged mountain terrain in the east.  Elevations range from 200 to 9,000 feet.  The county seat is the town of Jackson, incorporated in 1905.  Other incorporated communities are Amador City, Ione, Plymouth, and Sutter Creek.  Key state highways through Amador County are Highways 49 and Highway 88.  A scenic area with a rich Gold Rush history, Amador County is a favorite tourist destination.  It is approximately 45 miles to the east of the cities of Sacramento and Stockton, and also draws tourists from San Francisco, 147 miles to the west, as well as Southern California.  Other industries in the County include lumber, mining, and agriculture, including livestock and a booming wine industry.

Amador County is governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors elected to four-year, overlapping terms, in nonpartisan district elections.  A Board-appointed County Administrative Officer provides administrative direction.  Other elected County officials include the Assessor, Clerk-Recorder, Auditor-Controller, District Attorney, Sheriff-Coroner, and Treasurer-Tax Collector.  The Board is empowered to take legislative action and set policy direction for the health, welfare, and safety of County residents by the laws of the State of California.

The Deputy County Counsel I/II/III position receives direction from the County Counsel.  This position will perform professional legal work in the interpretation and application of law for the County of Amador and its various subdivisions.  This position also performs legal research and represents the County in assigned legal proceedings and transactions; and will do related work as required.

The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification.  However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level.  Each individual in this classification does not necessarily perform all the duties listed. This position requires the ability to perform a variety of medium to complex tasks related to the support of County Counsel;
·         Confers with, and advises County Departments on routine legal questions
·         Drafts ordinances, contracts, leases, and resolutions, and other legal measures, submitting them to other Department legal staff for review and discussion
·         Develops recommendations concerning the advisability to prosecute, compromise, or dismiss civil litigation
·         Discusses cases with other legal staff
·         Performs detailed legal research into federal and state issues
·         Prosecutes and defends legal actions against the county and its subdivisions before all courts and various administrative bodies 
·         Investigates claims and potential lawsuits
·         May be delegated to serve as legal counsel and attend meetings of boards and commissions
·         Dictates briefs and correspondence
·         May litigate on behalf of the County, including court and administrative trials in federal and state courts on trial and appellate levels
·         Advises County officers on legal issues relating to their county duties 

Any combination of experience sufficient to demonstrate possession and application of the following:       
Knowledge of:  
·         California and federal statues/cases and their application to governmental jurisdictions
·         Principles of Civil, Constitutional and Administrative Law
·         Legal research methods
·         Techniques of court and trial practice

Ability to:
·         Conduct all phases of civil litigation
·         Analyze facts and apply legal principles and precedents to specific local government problems
·         Develop legal issues and present clear and logical arguments and statements of fact and law
·         Perform legal research
·         Prepare ordinances, contracts, and legal instruments
·         Effectively represent the county counsel in contacts with public, community organizations, and other government agencies
·         Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships

Active membership in the State Bar of California is required at all levels. Three years experience in the practice of civil law or three years of experience as a deputy county counsel or another public law practice is required for level II.  Three years of experience in the practice of civil law comparable to that of a Deputy County Counsel II for level III.

The salary range for this position is $7,265-$8,831/mo. (Level I), $7,992-$9,714/mo. (Level II) or $8,885-$10,678/mo. (Level III).  Placement in the range will depend on experience and qualifications of the selected candidate.  The Deputy County Counsel I/II/III positions are in the Confidential bargaining group. The attractive benefit package for members of this unit includes the following:  

California Public Employees’ Retirement System, 2% @ 62.  Classic members hired before January 1, 2013 with a break in service less than 6 months will receive 2% @ 60. Social Security/Medicare: Employees share of cost = 6.20% for Social Security and 1.45% for Medicare = 7.65%.

Health Insurance:
County pays 87.5% of the cost of health, dental and vision insurance for employee and dependents. 

Additional Benefits
·         Vacation Leave Accrual   =   16 days/year (1-9 years of employment) 
                                                   =    21 days/year (10+ years of employment)
·         Sick Leave Accrual          =    12 days/year
·         Holidays                           =    12 days/year
·         457 Deferred Compensation plan is available to employees.  The County contributes up to a $50 match per month when the employee contributes to the plan.
·         The County provides $100.00/year reimbursement to non-smoking employees who participate in an organized physical fitness or weight reduction program.


To be considered for this excellent career opportunity, please submit an Amador County Application for Employment.  A screening committee will evaluate applications.  The best-qualified candidates will be selected for an interview.  This oral interview will be weighed 100%.  Prior to appointment, applicant will be required to pass a background check. 

County of Amador Human Resources Department
810 Court Street
Jackson, California 95642
209-223-6456 website:

The final filing date:  February 1st, 2019 by 5:00 PM 

Amador County is an Equal Opportunity Employer