Placer County

Deputy County Counsel - Senior (#19811)

$72.85-$90.97 Hourly / $12,627.33-$15,768.13 Monthly / $151,528.00-$189,217.60 Yearly



To assist the County Counsel in providing legal advice and services to County and district officers and employees; to act at the County Counsel's discretion; to act as trial advocate in civil litigation at all levels of court; to perform the more difficult and complex legal work in the Office of County Counsel; and to exercise technical and functional supervision over professional and clerical staff.


This is the advanced journey level class in the Deputy County Counsel series.  Positions at this level are distinguished from other classes within the series by the level of responsibility assumed, complexity of duties assigned, independence of action taken, amount of time spent performing the duties, and nature of the public contact made.  Employees perform the most difficult and responsible types of duties assigned to classes within this series including providing policy level advice and legal services to County management and exercising technical and functional supervision over professional and clerical staff.  Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in all procedures related to assigned area of responsibility.


Receives administrative direction from the County Counsel and general supervision from the Chief Assistant County Counsel.

Exercises technical and functional supervision over professional and clerical staff.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Train and lead subordinate staff.
  • Provide policy level advice and legal services to County management on important issues requiring a high level of experience and expertise.
  • Confer with and advise County and district officers and employees on legal questions pertaining to their respective powers, duties, functions, and obligations.
  • Attend meetings of boards and commissions.
  • As requested, act as legal advisor for County offices.
  • Prepare formal legislative measures, contracts, leases, conveyances, and other legal documents.
  • Study, interpret and apply laws, court decisions and other legal authorities in the preparation of cases, opinions, and trial briefs.
  • Prepare pleadings and other papers related to suits, trials, hearings, and similar legal proceedings.
  • Make decisions concerning the advisability to prosecute, compromise or dismiss civil litigation subject to civil suits in all State and Federal courts.
  • Assemble and evaluate evidence and secure and interview witnesses.
  • Perform a wide variety of legal research.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees, outside counsel and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Work is typically performed in an indoor office environment with controlled temperature conditions. Position may require travel to and from other locations in a variety of outdoor weather conditions and work odd or unusual hours including nights, weekends, and holidays.


Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience: Three years of responsible professional legal experience performing duties similar to a Deputy County Counsel IV with Placer County.

Training: Equivalent to a Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school.

Required License or Certificate:

  • Admission to practice before State and Federal courts.
  • Active membership in the California State Bar Association.
  • May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Knowledge of:

  • The principles of civil, constitutional and administrative law.
  • Responsibilities, powers and statutory limitations of the County Counsel's office.
  • Federal and State statutes and County ordinances and rules and regulations pertinent to assigned cases.
  • Policies and procedures of the County Counsel's office.
  • Judicial procedures and rules of evidence.
  • Principles and practices of case development and management.
  • Principles, methods, materials and practices of legal research.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve operational and technical policies and procedures; complete a high volume of tasks at once with unscheduled and frequent changes; and explain relevant policies, procedures and matters of law to County officers, employees, outside counsel and the general public.
  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk for long periods of time or in meetings; intermittently, walk, stand and bend while going to/from other offices or court and taking files to/from meetings or court; twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; see with sufficient visual acuity to perform essential job functions and interpret nonverbal behavior; hear sufficiently to communicate with clients and to understand actions in public meetings, hearings, or court proceedings; talk to communicate and present information to court, boards and commissions, and community groups; and lift light weight.
  • Train, assign, review and evaluate the work of subordinate staff.
  • Analyze, appraise, and organize facts, evidence and precedents and present such material orally or in writing in clear and logical form; and analyze and appraise a variety of legal documents and instruments.
  • Draft legal instruments such as ordinances, resolutions, Board orders and contracts.
  • Prepare and present legal cases; and perform legal research.
  • Exercise a high degree of professional judgment and discretion.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Obtain information through interview; handle multiple cases; work with interruption; and deal firmly and courteously with the public.
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively and to determine proper course of action.
  • Use a computer, calculator, typewriter, telephone, dictation machine, facsimile machine, postage meter, microfilm reader/printer and photocopy machine.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Length of Probation
This classification serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority and has no specific term and no right to continuous employment.

Bargaining Unit
Unclassified Management

CLASS: 19811; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 8/31/2021;