DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: This is high level professional work requiring extensive exercise of independent judgment. Appointed by the County Executive, the County Attorney is responsible for answering many legal problems affecting the operation of County business and organization, as well as representing the County in the courts. Performs related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES: (Illustrative only)
Typical Work Activities are intended only as illustrations of possible types of work that might be appropriately assigned to an incumbent of this title. Work activities that do not appear above are not excluded as appropriate work assignments, as long as they can be reasonably understood to be within the logical limits of the job.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS: Comprehensive knowledge of Federal and New York State constitutions and laws governing civil practice, administrative law and supporting rules, regulations, policies, administrative rulings, etc. governing the programs of County government; thorough knowledge of the techniques employed in preparing legal memoranda, conducting legal research and analyzing legal problems; thorough knowledge of the functions of County government; good knowledge of trial techniques; good knowledge of the processes of the New York State Legislature; ability to analyze legal issues and identify significant cases, opinions and facts; ability to persuade and convince others of the legality of specific action or point of view both verbally and in writing; ability to establish and maintain effective professional relationships; ability to plan and supervise the work of a legal staff; sound professional judgment; initiative; resourcefulness; integrity.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Possession of a license and current registration to practice law in the State of New York, preferably with several years of civil law experience.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be a resident of Putnam County at time of appointment.
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