Placer Employment Opportunities

Deputy County Counsel - II/III/IV

Child Protective Services Attorney

Recruitment #2022-19830-02


(Unclassified - Management)

Join Our Team and Bring Your Commitment to Public Service to Placer County

Placer County is an amazing place to live, grow, and build your career. When you join Placer County, you will have the ability to explore the beauty of California. We are close to the coast, the mountains, historic towns, fine dining, and a wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities.  Placer County is comprised of over 1,400 square miles of beautiful and diverse geography, ranging from the residential and commercial areas of South Placer, through the historic foothill areas of Auburn, Foresthill, and Colfax, and to the County's jewel of the North Lake Tahoe basin. For more information about Placer County, please visit

Placer County Counsel’s Office, located in Auburn, is recruiting for a California licensed attorney with extensive Child Protective Services experience to fill one position of Deputy County Counsel at level II/III/IV. Salary will be determined based on experience at the time of employment offer with the hiring authority.  Positions in the Deputy County Counsel series I-IV are designated as unclassified, and as such, are at-will employees serving at the pleasure of the department head.

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Preference may be given to the Best Qualified candidate with experience in child dependency. Applicants are encouraged to identify in their application materials experience and/or strength in this area.

The Placer County Counsel’s Office values diversity and is dedicated to creating a workplace environment that provides individuals with a sense of belonging. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. The County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer in all aspects of employment.

The County Counsel’s Office is a department of the County of Placer. It consists of 24 employees, including 16 attorneys. The Office is headed by County Counsel, Karin Schwab, who is a direct appointment of the Board of Supervisors. The office structure is similar to a traditional law office, providing in-house transactional and civil litigation services to its client population.

We are a collaborative team dedicated to providing high quality legal representation.  We encourage you to apply if you are a motivated, creative and collegial attorney committed to public service who wants to be a part of a dedicated and supportive team who work well both together and independently. Our office supports opportunities for continuing training, growth and development in a rewarding work environment with excellent benefits.

Assigned proceedings include the full range of litigation activities, from advising on investigations through appeal. Practice includes appearances in state court and the courts of appeal.

It is intended that the successful candidate for this position will be assigned to the child dependency team providing advisory and litigation services primarily in the areas of child protective services, including research and appeals.

The ideal candidate for our team will possess strong research and writing skills and the ability to think creatively and strategically. We are seeking a candidate that can provide excellent service and who can work collaboratively with others as part of a team, while also being able to work independently and thrive in handling complex assignments in fast-paced environment.


Placer County offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees. The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change. Applicants should inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department.  More detail as to the benefit package applicable to this position can be found here

  •         General Wage Increases:
4.5% increase on June 17, 2023
4.0% increase on June 15, 2024
  •        Management Leave: 100 hours per year (cash out option available)*
  •        Holidays: 14 paid holidays per year, 2 of which are a floating holidays*
  •        Vacation Leave: 10 days/year with ability to accrue 25 days/year
  •        Sick Leave: 12 days/year*
  •   Telework - A hybrid telework schedule may be available
  •        Cafeteria Plan: $5,000 per year to use towards 401(k), dependent care, medical co-insurance or cash*
  •        Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance available for employees and dependents
  •        Deferred Compensation with 401(k) contribution matches up to $1,500/year
  •   Traditional and Roth 401(k) and 457 plans are available
  •        $50,000 Life Insurance Policy at no cost to employee
  •        CalPERS Retirement plans
  •        Retiree Medical Insurance
  •        Education Allowance: Up to $1,200 per year
  •        Annual Vacation Cash Out: Vacation cash out options are available up to accrued annual amount
  •        Bilingual Incentive – Incumbents may be eligible for bilingual incentive depending upon operational needs and certification skills. 

*Amounts will be prorated for part time employees and employees hired after the first of the year.


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 direction; and to act as trial advocate in civil litigation at all levels of court.


Minimum Qualifications and Salary:

It is the responsibility of applicants to identify in their application materials how they meet the minimum qualifications listed below.

Deputy County Counsel II

Experience: One year of responsible professional legal experience performing duties similar to a Deputy County Counsel I with Placer County or one year of trial experience.

Training: Active membership in the California State Bar.

Annual Salary $110,781 - $138,361

Deputy County Counsel III

Experience: One year of responsible professional legal experience performing duties similar to a Deputy County Counsel II with Placer County or two years of trial experience.

Training: Active membership in the California State Bar.

Annual Salary $122,429 - $152,942

Deputy County Counsel IV

Experience: One year of responsible professional legal experience performing duties similar to a Deputy County Counsel III with Placer County or three years of trial experience.

Training: Active membership in the California State Bar.

Annual Salary $137,966 - $172,286


The County Counsel's Office will receive all application materials and will contact the most qualified applicants to schedule a hiring interview.


Prior to the date of hire, applicants must undergo a fingerprint test by the Department of Justice, pass a medical examination (which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation), sign a constitutional oath, and submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S.  For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, undergo a background investigation (which may include a voice stress analysis and/or a polygraph), and/or be bonded. Additionally, positions in law enforcement classifications and those supporting law enforcement functions will be required to complete a conviction history questionnaire prior to or during the interview process. Applicants for positions with access to Medi-Cal billing software or who are licensed providers must clear the Federal Exclusion List, credentialing, and social security verification. Failure to clear these requirements may result in an employment offer being withdrawn.


Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment, discrimination, and retaliation are prohibited and that all employees, applicants, agents, contractors, and interns/volunteers shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, transfer, and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, race (including traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, ancestry, religion (including creed and belief), national origin, citizenship, physical disability (including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (including cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over),  marital status, military and/or veteran status, sex (including parental status, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and related medical conditions), political orientation, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Please contact the Human Resources Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.


For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Jennifer Tucker, Administrative Technician, at or (530) 886-4667.

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