Chatham County is seeking a board-certified attorney to perform complex professional and technical work as legal counsel to the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, overseeing the preparation and maintenance of records and legal files and other related tasks. The job is to establish policies and objectives under the direction of the Chatham County Sheriff in the various functions of the Sheriff’s Office, including Patrol, Detention, Animal Resources, Investigations, Civil Process and Public Records . Other essential functions include, but are not limited to:
Provides an overview of areas that may affect the functions of the Sheriff’s Office and staff, such as legal updates for staff and classes, if applicable; Prepares legal documents or correspondence; Drafts rules, regulations, policies and procedures; Provides consultation to the county attorney and other county departments on matters affecting public safety; Coordinates with the District Attorney’s office and other commissions and committees; Advise employees on assignments related to any programmatic matter or agency activity in which legal matters are involved; Provides legal advice on matters of arrest, incarceration, search and seizure on call, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; Provides legal advice regarding the operation of a 110-bed detention center with an average admission/release of 1,380 detainees each year, including consideration of detainee rights, living conditions, security and medical problems; Evaluates and/or defends potential or actual lawsuits in federal and state courts and assesses potential liability for high-risk transactions; Provides legal advice related to the process service; levies and enforcement sales on civil judgments, preparation of deeds for sheriff enforcement sales, lockouts and evictions; Provides legal advice to MPs dealing with protection from domestic violence and the registration and monitoring of sex offenders; Provides legal advice on personnel and training matters, including employee discipline, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), promotional reviews and compensation workers ; Provides legal advice related to the issuance of concealed carry permits and the purchase of pistols; Provides legal advice to court security personnel; Provides legal advice for mental commitments and transportation to mental health facilities; Examine and advise on contractual matters; Assists with promotional advice upon request; Provides assistance in internal affairs inquiries/investigations; Review and advise on public records inquiries; Reviews and revises search warrants and other operational plans;
Juris Doctorate and extensive experience (3-5 years) in the practice of municipal law or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Law enforcement experience preferred. Specific skills required include a thorough knowledge of municipal law, torts, contracts, civil rights, administrative procedures and real property, a thorough knowledge of laws, rules and court decisions relating to the administration of the criminal justice and law enforcement and a thorough knowledge of local, state and federal laws and court decisions affecting municipalities.