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Sarpy County Deputy County Attorney - Civil Division

Papillion, Nebraska
Job Type
21 Sep 2022
SALARY: $72,632.00 Annually OPENING DATE: 09/16/22 CLOSING DATE: 10/02/:59 PM



The Civil Division is the in-house counsel for Sarpy County. This position is responsible for handling many responsibilities and duties including, but not limited to, advising elected officials and department heads on matters of legal compliance involving employment law, collective bargaining, real estate, planning and zoning, litigation, road improvements, economic development, and property tax; reviewing and drafting contracts; and handling Board of Mental Health processes. The Deputy County Attorney is the face of justice in Sarpy County and carries the professional and ethical responsibilities that accompany that position.


Establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, Officials, supervisors, employees, attorneys, judges, law enforcement staff, other County employees, other agencies, and the general public.

Advises County departments and elected officials, and county boards and commissions on a variety of legal matters, including, but not limited to the legal implications of a particular action, inaction or decision.

Applies legal expertise in a variety of legal fields including administrative, contract, tort, environmental, regulatory, public disclosure requests, and other fields of law which apply to county government.

Assists in civil prosecution of county code violations; prepares, reviews, and examines contracts, agreements, real property instruments, motions, ordinances, and other legal documents for County departments and elected officials.

Assists in the preparation of cases for administrative hearings and proceedings; performs legal research and provide legal opinions for projects as assigned.

Helps develop County regulatory and administrative practices by researching, reviewing, and preparing proposed ordinances, motions, resolutions and policies.

Represents the County at involuntary mental health commitment hearings and perform duties related under the Mental Health Commitment Act and Sex Offender Commitment Act.

Drafts legal documents; prepares memoranda of law, briefs, agreements and other legal filings and documents as required.

Represents the County s interests in assigned civil litigation primarily by working with outside counsel.

Report to work with regular, predictable, and consistent attendance.

Peripheral Duties

Perform other related duties as may be required.


Education and Experience

Graduation from an accredited law school with a Juris Doctor degree, and

Licensed or eligible for licensure to practice law in Nebraska.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of laws, research, and legal writing ability

Skill in preparing legal opinions and orders; effective communication skills; skill in operating the listed tools and equipment

Ability to prepare and analyze comprehensive legal documents

Ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team

Ability to carry out assigned projects to their completion

Ability to communicate effectively, in English, both verbally and in writing

Ability to work under pressure, deadlines, and/or frequent interruptions

Ability to maintain confidential information

Ability to navigate stressful situations while maintaining composure

Ability to interact with individuals of diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds

Ability to operate office equipment including, but not limited to, multi-line phone, computer and computer software, typewriter, printer, scanner, copier, and fax


The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work requires some physical activity, including frequent periods of sitting/remaining stationary walking/moving about, standing/remaining upright, as well as occasionally bending and reaching. The incumbent must possess the hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity necessary to operate/manipulate equipment (e.g. use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls). The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Required sensory abilities include vision, hearing and touch. Visual abilities, correctable to normal ranges, include close and color vision as well as the depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. Communication abilities include the ability to talk (verbal exchange) and hear within normal ranges.

Work is generally performed in an office setting during day-shift hours, however hours may occasionally include evening, holidays, and call-ins, with occasional outside work setting and exposure to elements. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately quiet in the office, and moderate to loud in the field.

Selection Guidelines

Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interview and reference check; job related tests may be required.


The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.


1261 Golden Gate Drive, Suite 4E
Papillion, NE 68046

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  • Job Reference: 717273583-2
  • Date Posted: 21 September 2022
  • Recruiter: Sarpy County
  • Location: Papillion, Nebraska
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Legal
  • Job Type: Permanent