Johnson County, KS, Chief Legal Counsel

  • Johnson County, KS
  • Olathe, Kansas
  • Mar 16, 2021
Full Time Legal Services Executive, Management
  • Negotiable/DOQ: Yes
  • Apply By: Apr 29, 2021


Johnson County, KS is a vibrant, diverse community located in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The County has a growing population of approximately 604,000 residents countywide and includes Olathe, the County seat. Johnson County has a national reputation for excellence, including nationally ranked schools, a low crime rate, high-quality neighborhoods, low cost of living, diversity, and various cultural, entertainment, and recreational opportunities. The County serves its expanding population through 34 county departments, including four separate agencies. The County has approximately 4,000 FTE’s and an FY2021 total budget of $1.24 billion, including a general fund of $477 million and reserves. Johnson County Government is a Council-Manager form of government, governed by a seven-member, nonpartisan Board of County Commissioners (BoCC). The Chairman is elected on a countywide basis and serves full-time, while Commissioners are elected by districts and serve part-time.

Job Description

The BoCC appoints the County Manager, County Appraiser, Internal Auditor, and Chief Legal Counsel. The Chief Legal Counsel supervises and manages the Legal Services Department, which consists of 14 FTEs, including a Deputy Chief Legal Counsel, several attorneys, paralegals, and support staff. The Chief Legal Counsel serves as the primary legal officer on all non-criminal legal matters for Johnson County Government, providing professional advice, general counsel, legal services, and professional representation for the County, its officials, and its agencies and departments. The Chief Legal Counsel serves at the pleasure of the BoCC and is assessed annually by the Board. For administrative and operational purposes, the County Manager provides day-to-day supervision and performance management of the Chief Legal Counsel in its capacity as the Director of the Legal Services Department.

Job Requirements

Requirements include a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree, or equivalent, from an accredited Law School; licensed to practice law in the State of Kansas or admitted to the Kansas Bar within six months of the date of hire; ten (10) years of professional experience practicing law, with seven (7) years of experience in government law, with a wide variety of local government matters and issues; and five (5) years of demonstrated administrative and supervisory experience. Government law experience in municipal or local law preferred.

Special Instructions

If interested in this outstanding opportunity, visit our website at to review a detailed brochure and apply online.  Questions regarding this recruitment may be directed to Ms. S. Renée Narloch at or 850.391.0000.

Additional Information

Johnson County offers a competitive salary and benefits package. The expected salary range is $139,776 to $225,000 annually, with a starting salary based on experience. The position is open until filled; the first review of resumes will occur on February 15, 2021. Johnson County is an equal opportunity/equal access employer.

Job Address

Olathe, Kansas United States View Map