The City of Iowa Colony is seeking a City Attorney. The City Attorney role is a brand-new position for the City of Iowa Colony, as legal counsel and services were previously provided under a long-term contract with an outside law firm. This position will serve as the legal advisor for all meetings of the City Council to provide legal opinions and advice on parliamentary process of the City Council, contemplated actions of City Council and City Manager, legal ramifications of pending litigation and potential legislation under consideration by City Council. The City Attorney will draft, review, negotiate and update legal documents, including ordinances, resolutions, amendments, agreements, policies, and personnel actions to ensure the City is in compliance with legal requirements.
This role is essential in providing confidential and complex legal services and advice to the Mayor and Council, the City Manager, and to all City boards, commissions, and departments, as well as attend legislative sessions, as needed, to represent and promote the best interests of the organization. The City Attorney will also manage, and direct outside counsel hired or retained by the City. An ideal background that would complement the community’s residential and commercial growth would include experience working with development agreements, vendor service contracts, 380 agreements, contracts with TIRZs and MUDs, construction contracts, as well as tax abatements. Prior experience representing the City in civil litigation matters and dispute resolutions is also desirable.
Candidates must have a Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school, and at least five years of progressively responsible experience in municipal law required with up-to-date legal knowledge. Candidates must be an active member in the State Bar of Texas and licensed to practice law before the U.S. District Court and U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Candidates must live within an appropriate distance from the city to attend all necessary meetings and activities.