Assistant City Attorney and Deputy City Attorney – Richmond, CA

Client: City of Richmond, California
Position: Assistant City Attorney and
Deputy City Attorney
Closing Date: Appointment Made

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The City of Richmond, California is currently conducting a statewide recruitment effort for aspiring professionals to join the City of Richmond’s legal team in the capacity of Assistant City Attorney and/or Deputy City Attorney. The Assistant City Attorney and the Deputy City Attorney are both at-will positions, serving at the pleasure of the newly appointed City Attorney, Teresa Stricker. The position of Assistant City Attorney is distinguished by increased responsibilities from the Deputy City Attorney and the greater degree of independence and decision-making abilities, as well as the difficulty and complexity of work performed. Both positions, to varying degrees, provide civil legal services on a wide variety of legal matters including representing the City in court and providing legal advice to the City Manager, City Council, and all City departments, boards, and commissions. Additionally, the Assistant City Attorney may oversee a specific program area of the legal department.

Ideal candidates for consideration will have excellent communication and analytical skills, excel in a fast-paced and dynamic environment, and have a strong desire to expand and grow their skill set on a vast array of complex municipal issues. Experience or strong interest in one or more of the following municipal law subject areas is a significant plus:

  • Wastewater
  • Public Works/infrastructure-related advice
  • Land use
  • Real Estate transactions
  • Code Enforcement

Both positions require graduation from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association or the equivalent. Active membership in the State Bar of California and ability to gain admission to practice law in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California is required at time of submittal. For the Assistant City Attorney, 4 years of experience performing duties comparable to those of a Deputy City Attorney is required. For the Deputy City Attorney, 2 years of experience practicing law is required.

The annual compensation for the Assistant City Attorney is $108,288 to $172,368, and the annual compensation for the Deputy City Attorney is $97,044 to $154,476. The City of Richmond also offers an excellent benefits package including PERS retirement.