City Attorney

Organization: City of Aurora, Colorado
Close Date: June 30, 2014

Job Description:

Aurora, Colorado is located in the Denver/Aurora metropolitan area. With close proximity to downtown Denver and the Denver International Airport, Aurora is home to many bioscience, aerospace, healthcare, and high tech employers including the Raytheon Company, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, and Boeing. Aurora is served by three school districts and eight colleges and universities including the University of Colorado Medical School. Aurora has become a dynamic urban center with an emphasis on smart growth, in fill development, sustainability and livable neighborhoods. Only slightly more than half of Aurora's 154 square miles is currently developed so there is ample opportunity for Aurora to continue to grow. More than 340,000 residents choose to live in Aurora, making it the third largest city in Colorado and the 56th largest in the United States. It is also one of the safest cities of its size in the nation.

The City of Aurora is an award-winning organization that operates under the council-manager form of government. The City Council consists of a Mayor and 10 Council Members elected to 4-year overlapping terms. The Mayor and four of the Council Members are elected at-large and the other 6 Council Members are elected by wards.

The City Attorney's Office provides legal counsel to the Mayor, City Council, City Manager, operating departments, and boards and commissions. The Office also provides litigation services in all State and Federal courts and prosecutes cases in jury trials before the Municipal Court. Other legal services provided include: monitoring risk exposure and revising related policies and procedures, conducting contract negotiations, drafting contracts, reviewing draft ordinances and resolutions, assessing and advising on enforcement issues, responding to citizen inquiries and complaints, and processing various claims.

The City Attorney is appointed by and reports directly to the City Council. The City Attorney maintains objectivity and independence necessary to provide effective and objective legal advice to the City Council. He or she works cooperatively with the City Manager to ensure the provision of effective communications and advice to the City Council. The City Attorney manages a department budget of $5.42 million and is responsible for supervising a staff of 50 subordinates.

Aurora's next City Attorney will be both a highly competent attorney and a skilled manager. Ideally, he or she will be a strong generalist with a solid record of pre-trial risk assessment, an in-depth understanding of current issues confronting Colorado cities and an appreciation for the role differences between elected officers and appointed officials. Experienced City Attorneys, Assistant City Attorneys and/or other senior level public and private attorneys are strongly encouraged to apply.

Minimum requirements include a Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited school of law, extensive experience practicing law, knowledge of local government law and the proven ability to manage a large and complex law office. Active membership in the State Bar of Colorado is also required.

For more information about the City of Aurora visit A recruitment profile is available at

This position is open until June 30, 2014. If you are interested in this outstanding opportunity, please submit a cover letter and resume with current salary to:

Robert E. Slavin
3040 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite A-1
Norcross, Georgia 30071-1357
(770) 449-4656

The City of Aurora is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce!

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