County Attorney - Durham County, NC

County of Durham, NC

The thriving, innovative, and inclusive community of Durham County, North Carolina, operating under a Board of Commissioners-Manager form of government is seeking a passionate, highly competent, and diplomatic leader to serve as its next County Attorney. With impeccable strategic leadership skills, the next County Attorney will have extensive experience providing legal counsel in county government. The County Attorney is a well-respected, honored, and trusted leader who will prioritize establishing trust with stakeholders including department staff and County leadership. The successful Attorney is a natural at building and establishing relationships with others – a strong collaborator who will demonstrate the dignity and worth of all in their interactions with stakeholders including the leadership team, department staff, community, and Board of Commissioners. This highly effective leader has a track record of success, values accountability and holds high expectations of self and others. With significant expertise, the County Attorney will humbly and strategically work to protect and preserve the reputation of the County. About the Organization: The Durham County Commissioners are a five-member board with commissioners serving four-year terms. Durham County Government provides services ranging from animal control to zoning with strong support provided to the local Board of Education and School Superintendent. Award-winning programs in our Health Department, IT, Public Library, Social Services, and Tax Departments as well as GFOA recognized reporting in the Finance department, demonstrate Durham County’s commitment to better serve our residents, prepare for the future and be a caring, inclusive, and transparent government. The County is regarded as a fiscally responsible, stable, and well managed government with sound budget and strong fund balance (net assets). For more than 20 years, Durham County has been awarded a Triple A bond rating, a designation attained by only 69 counties in the United States and only six of North Carolina’s 100 counties. Durham County has an overall budget of approximately $760 million with an operating budget of around $500 million. The County has 27 departments employing about 2100 FTE employees. The County’s goal areas of Community and Family, Health and Well-Being, Secure Community, Environment and Visionary Government guide staff in their daily work. Executive leadership is structured around these goal areas and the County Manager is supported by five general managers overseeing each area, and a chief of Staff. The County has worked hard to increase transparency and to match the community vision of “Durham County is a thriving, vibrant and diverse community with abundant opportunity for all residents to live, work, learn, play and grow” with goals and an actionable strategic plan that includes a robust implementation and evaluation process. Through one of their strategic goals - Community Empowerment and Enrichment, Durham County is committed to providing access to educational, vocational, economic, and cultural opportunities while empowering citizens to choose pathways for their own success. As showcased in this ICMA focus video, the County’s collaborative and innovative efforts post Covid so beautifully demonstrated this vision at work. To learn more about the Community and Organization, visit the County website. About the Position: The Durham County Board of County Commissioners is the legislative and policy-making body for Durham County and is the final authority on all County matters. The Board of County Commissioners hires the County Manager, County Attorney, County Clerk, appoints members of boards, committees and commissions, approves the annual budget, authorizes contracts on the County’s behalf, enacts ordinances and resolutions and establishes general County policies. The County Attorney is appointed by the Commissioners to advise the Board, the County Manager and department heads on all legal matters related to the operation of County government. The County Attorney's office is responsible for ensuring that affairs and actions of Durham County are conducted in accordance with federal, state, and local laws. Legal opinions are provided on all laws, contracts, leases, deeds, and other legal documents. The County Attorney’s office comprises 11 Attorneys across 3 divisions - DSS, General Legal, and Risk Management with the bulk of legal counsel occurring in the DSS and General Legal divisions. The County Attorney will have proven success managing staff and will utilize best practices in helping staff manage caseloads. This professional will be adept in balancing the administrative duties of the position including being responsible for some caseloads, particularly contracts while providing support to staff and meeting the needs of the Board and staff. The ideal candidate would have experience in risk management, safety, OSHA compliance and safety. Qualifications: The Durham County Attorney must have graduated from an accredited school of law and be licensed to practice law in North Carolina or have licensure reciprocity. Ten (10) years of experience as a practicing attorney performing high level legal and trial work with experience in municipal/county legal provisions, judicial procedure, rules of civil and criminal procedure, and rules of evidence is required. Additionally, experience with labor relations and the management and supervision of licensed attorneys is required. Experience in Municipal/County or Public Law, Contract Law, Employment Law &/or Environmental Law with a strong litigation background and experience in the capacity of a City/County Attorney or with other public sector entities is preferred. Salary and Benefits: The hiring range is $217,000 - $237,000 depending on qualifications and experience. Information about the County’s benefits can be viewed here. Residency within County limits is required within 12 months of employment. To apply, please visit and click on the County Attorney – Durham County, NC title. To learn more about the selection process, visit, select “Client Openings” and scroll down to “Important Information for Applicants.” All applications must be submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal – NOT the County Employment Application portal, nor any other external website; it is not sufficient to send only a resume. Resumes and cover letters must be uploaded with the application. Applicants must apply by September 1st , 2022. Successful semi-finalists will be invited to participate in virtual interviews and skill evaluation on October 6th – 7th , 2022. Candidates are encouraged to reserve these dates for virtual meetings should they be invited to participate. All inquiries should be emailed to Durham County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The recruitment and selection process is being managed by Developmental Associates, LLC.

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Job Function
Chief Administrator (City, County, Town Manager)
Position Type
Full Time

County of Durham


200 E Main St
Durham, NC 27701-3649
United States

Form of Government
County Council-Administrator/Manager


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