Primarily responsible for providing legal services at the direction of the County Attorney to the various departments of Davidson County Government; including, but not limited to the Department of Social Services and the Tax Department. The legal services provided include advice, counsel, representation at hearings, and appellate advocacy. This attorney will be available for such other duties within the Legal Department as may be assigned by the County Attorney. An employee in this class is primarily responsible for providing full time legal representation including court appearances, consultation, advice, research, drafting legal documents and briefs, and other normal and ordinary legal services for the County. Represents the Department of Social Services through the legal process of termination of parental rights and other child welfare matters. Assists in other areas of DSS concerns such as drawing petitions requesting authority for the involuntary provision of Adult Protective Services and/or the determination of incompetency and appointment of a guardian, and assists with the disposition of property as appropriate. Represents the Tax Department in collection matters, in hearings before the Board of Equalization and Review, and in hearings before the Property Tax Commission.
Resolves legal problems of unusual importance and complexity on a continuous basis. Consults with staff regarding their legal work in preparation and bringing cases for trial. Advises administrative officials on policy questions and operating problems having legal implications and drafting opinion letters to assure proper interpretation and application of the statutes involved.
Plans, directs, and advises staff in carrying out the regulatory legal activities of the County. Plans, directs, and reviews work of legal matters involved in assisting and advising County officials on operational problems that develop which have legal implications to the County and to the staff and which requires legal interpretations and opinions. Reviews and recommends legal courses of action to be followed and if court action is indicated prepares all necessary legal papers, such as court motions and petitions. In court hearings represents the County in all aspects of the case by presenting evidence, calling witnesses and cross-examining other witnesses. Renders opinion or gives guidance to Judges upon request. Adheres to the County's safety rules and regulations.
Perform other duties as assigned within the Legal Department as required by the County Attorney.