THE CITY OF CLEARWATER, FLORIDA IS SEEKING A
(Starting salary range will be $210,000 to $240,000 DOQ/E with Outstanding Benefits)
Clearwater, a community of nearly 120,000 residents located on Central Florida’s Gulf Coast, has a long-standing reputation for supporting a professionally operated and innovative local government and is recognized as one of the most desirable places to live and work in the southeastern United States.
Clearwater Beach, a 3-mile stretch of white-sand beach on a barrier island backed by hotels and restaurants, has been ranked as the #1 beach in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for several years running. As the county seat of Pinellas County, Clearwater is one of three principal cities in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan area, most commonly referred to as the Tampa Bay Area. This vibrant and dynamic community is strategically located just north of St. Petersburg and is a short and scenic 25-minute drive to Downtown Tampa, located east on the Courtney Campbell Causeway, the northernmost bridge across Old Tampa Bay.
Clearwater averages more than 244 days of sunshine annually and the city is comprised of many unique amenities that are emerging as significant destination attractions. The Cleveland Street downtown district and the islands of Clearwater Beach are continuing to grow in popularity and distinction. Both the downtown and Clearwater Beach have expansive marina facilities making that area especially attractive to boaters. The city is also serviced by two nearby airports. Tampa International, hailed as America’s favorite, and the St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport is even closer to the beach (11 miles) and with rapidly expanding service, accessible from an ever-increasing number of cities.
Clearwater is governed by a city council that consists of five (5) members, including the mayor, all elected at-large and serving four-year overlapping terms, with elections held every two years. Appointment of the city attorney requires the affirmative vote of four (4) council members, and the city attorney may be removed by a majority of the council. Appointed and reporting to the city council, the city attorney serves as the legal advisor to the council, the city manager and all city departments, offices, and agencies. When required by the city council, the city attorney prosecutes or defends, on behalf of the city, all complaints, suits, and controversies in which the city is a party; and prepares or reviews and approves as to form and legal sufficiency all contracts, bonds, and other instruments to which the city is a party. The city attorney performs other duties as may be directed by law or the city council. The city attorney oversees a Legal Department consisting of five assistant city attorneys, two paralegals, and 3.5 full-time equivalent support staff.
The current city attorney is retiring after 27 years of service, and the city council is seeking prospective candidates who are experienced, strategic, and collaborative. The current city manager is also retiring after twenty-plus years of service, creating an environment of new leadership in two critical city council appointments. The ideal candidate will be fiscally prudent, possess outstanding “people skills” and have a record of providing effective legal advice that is conservative yet creative. The new city attorney must demonstrate an ability to effectively communicate with the city council, employees, and the community. Experience working in an environment with successful commercial, neighborhood and downtown revitalization and redevelopment is strongly desired. The city attorney will be expected to effectively negotiate and/or provide direct negotiation support on behalf of the city, while protecting its interests, with developers, neighborhood groups, property owners and other governmental and nonprofit agencies. Experience working for a similar-size municipal or county organization, or an organization of similar complexity in an executive legal capacity is important. A strong background in municipal law, to include land use, development, redevelopment, and employee relations is also desired. The selected candidate must hold a Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school and have a minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in the practice of law, including five years of municipal experience and supervisory experience over attorneys and other legal positions. To be considered for the position of city attorney, applicants must be currently licensed to practice law in Florida (non-waivable). Residency within Clearwater city limits is required and must be established within twelve months of appointment. The starting salary for this position will range from $210,000 to $240,000, depending on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate. The City of Clearwater offers an outstanding array of benefits including 100% paid employee coverage for health, dental, , life, and disability insurance; 10 paid holidays; and, $600 per month vehicle allowance. Florida does not have a state income tax.
Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter and resume at https://bakertilly.recruitmenthome.com/postings/2965. This position is open until filled; however, interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply no later than Wednesday, July 14, 2021. Following the first review date, resumes will be screened in relation to the criteria outlined in the recruitment brochure. Applicants selected as finalists for this position will be subject to a comprehensive background and reference check prior to an on-site interview. For more information about this position, please contact Anne Lewis, 703.923.8214, firstname.lastname@example.org or Chuck Rohre, 214.608.7477, email@example.com.
More information about this outstanding community can be found on the city’s website at https://www.myclearwater.com.
Confidentiality: under Florida’s Public Records Act, information from your application is subject to public disclosure at any point in the recruitment process.
The City of Clearwater is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and values diversity at all levels of its workforce.