County Attorney

$200,000 - $250,000 yearly
  • The Novak Consulting Group, now Rafelis
  • Mar 22, 2022
Full time Government Legal

Job Description

The Position

Guilford County is a high-performing local government organization that maintains a culture of embracing diversity, striving for equality, and inspiring individual and organizational excellence. The position of County Attorney is a key embodiment of those values. This position holds responsibility for all of the County’s legal matters and serves a prominent role in major litigation, contracts, and negotiations.

Guilford County’s County Attorney serves as chief counsel and attorney for Guilford County Board of Commissioners by providing routine consultation with Board members and as Chief Legal Counsel for the County’s numerous departments, ensuring legal compliance and revision on documents such as contracts, deeds, public record requests, local ordinances, and resolutions. This position manages the County’s litigation needs, including a thorough overview of supporting each attorney’s caseload, court appearances, depositions, etc. The County Attorney also serves as the County Attorney’s Office Department Director in supervising and advising department staff and management of the departmental budget.

The position is vacant as the Guilford County Attorney recently retired after more than 12 years of working in the position. The next County Attorney will build on this foundation to help guide decision-making in all departments and provide sound legal advice.


Minimum Qualifications are a J.D. from an accredited school of law and a member, in good standing, with the North Carolina Bar Association. Also required is at least ten (10) years’ experience as an attorney, with at least five (5) years in the practice of local government law, ideally with a successful track record as a City/County Attorney, Deputy or Assistant City/County Attorney, or experience in a private law firm advising local governments with a full range of services. Applicants must also be a member in good standing of the North Carolina Bar or be eligible to be admitted to the North Carolina Bar after selection.

Preferred qualifications include well-rounded experience in local government law, including tax/appraisals, public meetings and records, elections, public contracts, procurement, public safety, social services, employment law, land use, management of outside counsel, and litigation. Experience managing staff and working in a setting with a multi-cultural constituency is also preferred.

Compensation and Benefits

The expected hiring range is $200,000 – $250,000, depending on qualifications, with excellent benefits. Residency is strongly preferred after appointment. A relocation package and other amenities will be part of total compensation in an employment agreement.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by Raftelis at Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Open until filled with the first review of applications on April 25, 2022.