Chief Deputy County Counsel

  • Napa County
  • Napa, California
  • Aug 02, 2019
Full Time Administration and Management Legal Services
  • Salary: $82.62 - $100.41 Hourly




Famously located in the heart of California's preeminent wine region, Napa County is part of the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area, within an hour of Berkeley and Oakland, and less than 60 miles from both San Francisco and Sacramento. The County is home to more than 140,000 residents who share a strong sense of community and a deep commitment to protecting our beautiful natural resources and rich agricultural heritage.

In 1968 the County adopted the nation's first agricultural preserve, which has prevented the sort of development seen in other locales. The agricultural preserve and other measures adopted by the County strike a careful balance between agricultural prosperity, environmental conservation, and city-centered growth.

With its sunny Mediterranean climate and proximity to the mountains, the ocean, and sophisticated urban centers, Napa County offers residents the best of everything: small-town charm, natural beauty, and easy access to nearly limitless recreational, dining, shopping, and cultural opportunities.

Job Description

Our Office of 20 employees is led by the County Counsel, two Chief Deputies, and our Legal Office Manager. One of our Chief Deputies is retiring after 37 years of practice, creating a rare opening on our leadership team. We are looking for an experienced attorney with expertise in government law who will be a leader in sustaining our office culture of positivity, accountability, and mutual respect.

The Chief Deputy directly supervises four to six attorneys who work on public works, contracting, code enforcement, and other complex legal matters. The Chief Deputy also collaborates with the County Counsel and other managers to oversee the Office and outside counsel. Our goal is to have a period of overlap in which our retiring Chief Deputy can assist the new Chief Deputy in becoming acquainted with the County, our Office, and our clients. 

Top candidates will have a broad range of legal skills, with significant experience in representing public entities in complex transactions and other matters involving significant and sensitive issues of public policy and regulation. Supervisory experience in a public law office or comparable setting is highly desirable.

  • Substantial experience representing or advising a county, state, or local government agency in California.
  • Strong ethical and moral compass, including a commitment to the principles of good government and desire to serve the public good.
  • Familiarity with multiple government law practice areas, potentially including public works and contracting and other transactional matters.
  • Intellectual curiosity, acumen, and confidence when addressing new issues or learning unfamiliar subject matters.
  • Strong analytical skills, sound judgment, and superior oral and written communication skills.
  • Dedication to providing timely, high-quality legal services and earning client confidence.
  • Proven ability to negotiate competing interests in sensitive or challenging matters.
  • Emotional intelligence and ability to create strong relationships with clients and colleagues.
  • Approach to team management founded on building trust, supporting employees' strengths, growing professional excellence, and tending to employees' career satisfaction.

1. Applications are due by 5:00 P.M. on Monday, September 23, 2019.

2. Candidates must complete the supplemental questions in their entirety and submit one or more writing samples. Candidates may also attach a cover letter (to the attention of Jeffrey Brax, County Counsel), a resume, references, and law school transcript.

3. Applications will be reviewed the week of September 30, 2019. The most qualified applicants will be invited for an oral panel interview.

4. Initial interviews are tentatively scheduled for October 4, 2019. References and law school transcripts should be submitted at the interview, if not before.
For more information and to view the brochure, please click on the Chief Deputy County Counsel Recruitment Brochure link under Featured Recruitment Opportunities at the top of this page. Serious inquiries and questions about Napa County Counsel may be directed to Nicole Everett, Human Resources Analyst at or (707) 253-4489, or to County Counsel Jeffrey Brax at or (707) 259-8628.

Please apply directly online by clicking the "apply" button at the top of this announcement.
  Napa County Human Resources reserves the right to change the recruitment process at any time.

Special Instructions

Mon. 09/23/19 5:00 PM Pacific Time

Additional Information

The Napa County Counsel's Office is committed to being the best public law office in the state. We hire the best attorneys and staff, and trust and empower them to do their best work in a positive and supportive environment. We are trusted advisors and effective litigators who create innovative solutions for our clients while meeting the highest ethical standards of our profession.
Closing Date/Time: Mon. 09/23/19 5:00 PM Pacific Time