City Attorney

$241,020 yearly
  • City of Tracy
  • Tracy, California, USA
  • Jan 04, 2022
Full time Government Legal

Job Description

JOB TITLE: City Attorney

AGENCY: City of Tracy

LOCATION: Tracy, California

FILING DEADLINE:  February 8, 2022

SALARY RANGE: Up to $241,020 Annually DOE/DOQ


The Position

The City Attorney provides a wide range of professional legal services, assistance, and advice to the City Council, all City departments, the City Manager, and various boards, committees, and commissions; plans, organizes, manages, and provides administrative direction and oversight for all functions and activities of the City Attorney’s Office; coordinates assigned activities with other City departments, officials, outside agencies, and the public; fosters cooperative working relationships among City departments, with intergovernmental and regulatory agencies and various public and private groups; and performs related duties, as assigned.


This is a department director classification that oversees, directs, and participates in all activities of the City Attorney’s Office, including short- and long-term planning as well as development and administration of departmental policies, procedures, and services. This class consults with the City Manager in a variety of administrative, coordinative, analytical, and liaison capacities. Successful performance of the work requires knowledge of public policy, municipal functions and activities, including the role of an elected City Council, and the ability to develop, oversee, and implement projects and programs in a variety of areas. Responsibilities include coordinating the activities of the department with those of other departments and outside agencies and managing and overseeing the complex and varied functions of the department. The incumbent is accountable for accomplishing departmental planning and operational goals and objectives, and for furthering City goals and objectives within general policy guidelines.


The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will be a confident, honest, and experienced City Attorney able to lead a small staff of two other attorneys and one legal assistant, while building strong relations with city staff and city council. The City Attorney must have high integrity and engender a high level of trust and credibility, excellent communication and interpersonal skills necessary to articulate complex legal issues in laymen’s terms, and have the ability to build consensus and solid relationships. A background in municipal issues such as land use and land development, housing, homelessness, cannabis codes, JPA’s, and ethics are instrumental for this position, as is experience in labor negotiations. The successful City Attorney will have a track record providing city council with clear data and objective legal opinions, as well as options and alternatives necessary to allow for good decision making.


Operationally and administratively, the City Attorney must provide cost-effective solutions in managing external services and legal contracts as well as ensuring that an efficient system of workflows and processes result in expedient turnaround for legal services.


The City Attorney is expected to provide creative, balanced, and practical legal approaches to city operations. A participative management style with a collaborative, team-oriented approach would be an ideal fit in this assignment. A keen sense of political acumen, while operating in an apolitical fashion, are also critical attributes for this role. This is an excellent opportunity for a seasoned professional to work with a passionate city council in a growing and changing community to bring positive support in the best interests of a deserving community.


For more details about this opportunity, please visit the job brochure at:  


To be considered, please submit a resume, cover letter, and five work related references (who will not be contacted in the early stages of the recruitment) at:  


Resumes should reflect years and months of positions held, as well as size of past organization(s).


For additional information, please contact:

Frank Rojas

Phone: (510) 495-0448