City Attorney

The City of Clarksdale, Mississippi (pop. 17,962) is seeking a highly visible, full-time city attorney to lead its legal department.  This position serves as legal advisor and counsel to the Mayor, Board of Commissioners, and City departments; provides legal advice to guide City policies, decisions and activities; drafts and interprets City ordinances and resolutions; negotiates real property acquisitions; participates in City’s short and long-range planning to insure proper consideration of legal issues; supervises one paralegal.  The ideal candidate will have experience with issues facing a rural community, strong leadership and supervisory skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, and will enjoy being part of a local government team striving to serve the City and its citizens.  A law degree with admission to practice law in the State of Mississippi and a minimum of five years of municipal experience in criminal and civil matters, land use, transportation and general municipal law, including increasingly responsible legal management and administrative duties are required.  The selected candidate must possess or have the ability to obtain a MS driver license; be a current resident of the City of Clarksdale or be willing to relocate to the City; serve solely the City in the capacity of legal counsel.   The City offers a competitive benefit package with a salary of $115,000.  A detailed job description is available upon request.  Resumes accepted no later than 4:00 p.m. on December 14, 2018.  Please direct a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and at least five references to : Tarra Slack, Director of Personnel, City of Clarksdale, P.O. Box 940, Clarksdale, MS  38614 or E-mail: