City Attorney

City of Ventura

The City of Ventura is searching for a well-rounded legal professional to serve as its City Attorney. Appointed by the City Council, the City Attorney is the chief legal advisor to the City Council, City Manager, all City departments, and all appointed boards and commissions. In addition, the City Attorney litigates both civil and criminal cases on the City’s behalf. The City Attorney leads a total staff of eight including five attorneys (two Senior Assistant City Attorneys, three Assistant City Attorneys, one paralegal, and two administrative support staff). The City Attorney will bring a dynamic mix of analytical and pro-active legal skills, effective interpersonal communications, and a solid background in the broad spectrum of municipal affairs. The ideal candidate will be astute at dealing with a multitude of regulatory compliance issues, inter-governmental agencies such as the Coastal Commission as well as other competing interests that may arise through city operations. Experience in handling water-related issues is highly desirable.

This position requires a Juris Doctorate degree and 7 years of increasingly responsible experience as a practicing attorney in the State of California (member of California Bar), three years of which must immediately precede appointment, including two years of supervisory experience. Top contenders for this position will have experience gained by working directly for a California municipality.

The City Council is prepared to offer a highly competitive salary (currently salary range of $171,817 to $239,188 annually/DOQ is under review). The City also offers a comprehensive executive benefit package that includes CalPERS retirement.

Interested candidates should apply by submitting a compelling cover letter and comprehensive resume to by Monday, January 17, 2022. Confidential inquiries welcomed to Heather Renschler at (916) 630-4900 or schedule a pre-submittal discussion by scheduling a specific date/time by emailing Recruitment brochure available at  

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