Appointed by the Mayor and City Council, the City Attorney is responsible and held accountable for the City of Cottonwood’s legal department. As the primary legal counsel, the City Attorney advises the Council, City Manager, Boards and Commissions, and City staff on legal matters and represents the City as necessary and appropriate. The position provides sound legal advice on significant policy, project, and financial matters, attends all regular City Council meetings, and drafts or reviews ordinances, orders, and resolutions that come before the City Council. The City Attorney has substantial local government law experience and leverages that knowledge to anticipate issues and proactively mitigate risk. The ideal candidate is thoughtful with a proven track record in developing strategies for legally sound positions.
The City Attorney is an integral part of the City’s management team and works closely with the City Manager and collaborates with key staff across all departments to provide legal advice and ensure projects are completed in a timely and responsible manner. Therefore, the successful candidate is an effective communicator and promotes clear and concise communication to reduce ambiguity. As a confident leader, the City Attorney navigates controversial issues with ease while still providing legal advice to advance City Council goals and initiatives. Currently, the City Attorney directly oversees a contracted City Prosecutor and has no additional City staff falling directly under their purview. The current Attorney is retiring after serving the city for over twenty years.
A minimum of five years in the practice of municipal law, ideally with a successful track record as a City Attorney, Deputy City Attorney, or experience in a private law firm advising municipal governments with a full range of municipal services.
A Juris Doctor degree from a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association or an equivalent combination of education and professional legal experience to meet the position requirements. Must be licensed to practice law in the State of Arizona and be in good standing with the Arizona State Bar Association or licensed in a state with reciprocal admission with the ability to be admitted to the Arizona State Bar by motion.
The City Attorney contract is at the direction of the City Council with a salary range of $124,032 - $186,048 and will depend on the qualifications of the successful candidate. The City of Cottonwood offers an excellent benefits package. Learn more about our options and employee-based benefits here.
Applications will be accepted electronically by Raftelis at raftelis.hire.trakstar.com. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. The position is open until filled with the first review of applications beginning February 27, 2023.