Deputy County Counsel - III/IV

  • Auburn, California
  • Mar 30, 2024
Full Time Legal Services Municipal or County Clerk Other
  • Salary: See Information Below USD

Job Description



Placer County Counsel's Office, located in Auburn, is recruiting for California licensed attorney's with preference given to those with at least four years of professional legal experience to fill one position of Deputy County Counsel III and one position of Deputy County Counsel IV. Salary will be determined based on experience at the time of employment offer with the hiring authority. Positions in the Deputy County Counsel series I-IV are designated as unclassified, and as such, are at will employees serving at the pleasure of the department head.


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This classification is scheduled to receive a general wage increase of 4.0% in July 2024.

To view the full classification specification, please click here.

Preference may be given to Best Qualified candidates with experience in the following areas: Human Resources, Real Property and Transactions, Litigation, and Finance. Applicants are encouraged to identify in their application materials experience and/or strength in these areas. Please include a writing sample and resume with application materials .

The County Counsel's Office is a department of the County of Placer. It consists of 25 employees, including 16 attorneys. The Office of Placer County Counsel is headed by the County Counsel, an attorney who is a direct appointment of the Board of Supervisors. The office structure is similar to a traditional law office, providing in-house transactional and civil litigation services to its client population.

Assigned proceedings include the full range of litigation activities, from advising on investigations through appeals. Practice includes appearances in state court and the Courts of Appeal.

It is intended that the successful candidates for this position will be assigned to a team providing advisory and litigation services primarily in the areas of Human Resources, Real Property and Transactions, Litigation, and Finance, including research and appeals.


It is the responsibility of applicants to identify in their application materials how they meet the minimum qualifications listed below.

Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Deputy County Counsel III

Experience: One year of responsible professional legal experience performing duties similar to a Deputy County Counsel II with Placer County or two years of trial experience.

Training: Equivalent to a Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school.

Annual Salary: $127.940.80 - $159,827.20

Deputy County Counsel IV

Experience: One year of responsible professional legal experience performing duties similar to a Deputy County Counsel III with Placer County or three years of trial experience.

Training: Equivalent to a Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school.

Annual Salary: $144,164.80 - $180,044.80

Required License or Certificate:

  • Admission to practice before State and Federal courts.
  • Active membership in the California State Bar Association.
  • May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position. Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Prior to the date of hire, applicants must undergo a fingerprint test by the Department of Justice, pass a medical examination (which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation), sign a constitutional oath, and submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S. For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, undergo a background investigation (which may include a voice stress analysis and/or a polygraph), and/or be bonded. Additionally, positions in law enforcement classifications and those supporting law enforcement functions will be required to complete a conviction history questionnaire prior to or during the interview process. Applicants for positions with access to Medi-Cal billing software or who are licensed providers must clear the Federal Exclusion List, credentialing, and social security verification. Failure to clear these requirements may result in an employment offer being withdrawn.


The eligible list resulting from this recruitment may be certified as a substitute list for a substantially similar classification. For this purpose, a substantially similar classification is one at a lower level in the same classification (example: entry level vs. journey level) and/or a similar classification (similar work performed, similar training and experience qualifications required). If you are contacted for an interview by a County department, you will be informed of the classification and other relevant information. If you choose not to interview for a substantially similar classification, you will remain on the eligible list for which you originally applied.


Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment, discrimination, and retaliation are prohibited and that all employees, applicants, agents, contractors, and interns/volunteers shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, transfer, and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, race (including traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, ancestry, religion (including creed and belief), national origin, citizenship, physical disability (including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (including cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over), marital status, military and/or veteran status, sex (including parental status, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and related medical conditions), reproductive health decision making, political orientation, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. Please contact the Human Resources Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.

Selection Plan

Please submit a writing sample and resume with application materials.


For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Lindsay Baer, Administrative Technician, at or (530) 886-4667.

Closing Date/Time: 4/26/2024 5:00:00 PM

Job Address

Auburn, California United States View Map