The City of Margate (pop. 58,329) is located in southeastern Florida only 7.5 miles west of the Atlantic Ocean. The City is widely known for its exceptional home-town quality of life, delivery of excellent municipal services, and many recognitions and awards. The City has a City Commission/City Manager form of government, with a five-member Commission elected “at large” to four-year terms. The City Attorney, City Manager, City Clerk, report to and serve at the pleasure of the City Commission. The City has approximately 500 employees and an FY 2019 total budget of $135 million, which includes a $70 million General Fund budget.
The City Attorney serves as the legal officer and prosecutor for the City and is the chief legal advisor to the City Commission, City Manager, all City Departments, offices, and agencies. The ideal candidate will be a strong, approachable leader with a collaborative management style. This individual must possess a thorough knowledge of legal principles and concepts related to local government law and have the ability to handle administrative, trial and appellate work.
The successful candidate must communicate effectively, handle several assignments concurrently, maintain security and confidentiality, and develop and maintain effective working relationships. The City Attorney should be confident, accessible, and work well with other departments and agencies, both internal and external to the organization. Graduation from an accredited college of law and a license to practice law in the State of Florida is required. At least ten (10) years of progressively responsible legal experience with an emphasis in municipal and civil law is needed. Florida municipal experience and knowledge of the Broward County Elected Official Code of Ethics is preferred. Experience in legal areas such as Appellate, Constitutional, Land Use/Zoning, Purchasing, Forfeitures, Police/Law Enforcement, Environmental, Open/Public Records, Contracts, and Labor/Employment Law, including litigation and transactional law, is needed. The salary range is open, dependent upon qualifications and is accompanied by an excellent benefits package. Position is open until filled.
Graduation from an accredited college of law plus a license to practice law in the State of Florida is required. At least ten (10) years of progressively responsible legal experience with an emphasis in municipal and civil law is needed. Florida municipal experience and knowledge of the Broward County Elected Official Code of Ethics is preferred. Experience in legal areas such as Appellate, Constitutional, Land Use/Zoning, Purchasing, Forfeitures, Police/ Law Enforcement, Environmental, Open/Public Records, Contracts, and Labor/Employment Law, including litigation and transactional law, is needed.
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with education and experience
About City of Margate
Margate became a Town in May of 1955. On June 22, 1961, Margate became incorporated as a City. At that time, Margate had a Mayor/Council form of government. In March of 1977, the form of government was changed to City Manager/Commission. With this form of government, the City Manager is the chief administrative officer of the City and is responsible for administering the affairs and the day-to-day operation of the City. Our City Manager is responsible to the City Commission and carries out the policies set by the Commission.
The City Commission is the legislative body of our government and is comprised of five members who are elected "at large" by the voters of Margate. The Commissioners serve a four-year term of office. Starting in 2012, the City elections will be held in the month of November, in conjunction with Broward County elections. Every November the five Commissioners elect from among themselves a Mayor and a Vice Mayor to serve a one-year term. The Mayor serves as the ceremonial head and as the Chairman of the City Commission for meetings.
The most important document concerning our City government is the "City Charter". The following is an example of what our Cha...rter contains:
• Type of government
• Commission terms of office and filing requirements
• Duties of elected officials
• Duties of City Manager and City Clerk
• Sets forth budget and fiscal requirements for the City
• Provides for certain City boards (volunteers who are appointed by the Commission)
• Contains City boundaries
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