Hillsborough County
Chad Chronister, Sheriff

Job Details

Chief Legal Counsel

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Job Title

Chief Legal Counsel

Pay Scale

$72.12-$79.33 Hourly; $150,009.60-$165,006.40 Yearly  

Schedule (Subject to Change)

Normal Business Hours; Non-standard hours including nights, holidays and weekends

Job Location (Subject to Change)

Ybor City




Twelve-month probationary period

Job Overview

Perform duties while overseeing the Legal Office at the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. The incumbent shall have an understanding of civil and criminal law and procedure and substantive civil law on matters pertaining to law enforcement and county jail systems. The incumbent shall also be able to develop training programs designed to educate members of the Sheriff’s Office in matters of criminal and civil liability, and serve as principal legal advisor to the Sheriff of Hillsborough County. Additionally, the incumbent must be a member of the Florida Bar in good standing.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Note: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform some or all of the activities described below.
  • Monitor the Sheriff’s Office claims program (e.g., automobile, general liability, short term and long term disability, FMLA, Workers' Compensation); establish claims control systems and files, direct initial investigations on potential litigation matters, and make settlement recommendations where appropriate.
  • Monitor law enforcement and correctional activities to identify areas of potential civil liability and recommend to the Sheriff remedial administrative and operational changes; coordinate and monitor the activities of contract legal counsel on special legal projects or civil litigation matters.
  • Monitor and review litigation matters against the Sheriff or Sheriff's personnel pertaining to the official duties of the Sheriff.
  • Be available on a twenty-four hour basis to respond to field situations having potential civil liability and initiate investigations to protect the interest of the Sheriff and/or Hillsborough County.
  • Monitor legislative activities and propose legislation needed to keep pace with contemporary changes in practice and procedures.
  • Review, research, and make recommendations to the Sheriff pertaining to inquiries regarding the use of agency personnel and equipment.
  • Review and approve contracts, leases, agreements, or other legal documents that might impose legal liability on the Sheriff for legal sufficiency.
  • Review and approve recommendations for assignment of special counsel, experts, or consultants required to prosecute or defend any action by or against the Sheriff and all bills and invoices from contract counsel, court reporters, Clerk of Court, etc., as they relate to current litigation.
  • Review and approve Standard Operating Procedures, Sheriff's Orders, and similar guidelines and policies of the Sheriff or Department and Division Commanders for legal sufficiency.
  • Conduct legal research and propose legal bulletins and opinions on various criminal justice related topics.
  • Serve as liaison with the United States Attorney's Office, State Attorney's Office, and County Attorney's Office on all legal matters of mutual interest and concern.
  • Represent the Sheriff in administrative hearings before administrative tribunals involving the Sheriff's Office or its personnel; represent the Sheriff on various committees or attend meetings on the Sheriff's behalf, as directed.
  • Conduct training on civil and criminal liability for both in-service and recruit classes.
  • Perform all necessary administrative duties as required of the office.
  • Prepare the annual budget, audit reports, or periodic financial summaries for the Sheriff regarding the operation of the Legal Office.
  • Perform annual or periodic evaluations of personnel assigned to the Legal Office.
  • Serve as a member of the Sheriff's staff and attend staff meetings.
  • Perform other related duties as required.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Considerable knowledge and practical application of various and often complex federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and ordinances.
  • Considerable knowledge and practical application of various applicable case law and procedural rules.
  • Ability to handle confidential information.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and supervise the work of other employees.
  • Ability to read, analyze, interpret, and write the most complex documents.
  • Ability to provide an analysis of the law based on the facts of given situations to recommend practical solutions to problems within legal guidelines.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work effectively with others.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.

Minimum Qualifications

Note: Applicants must meet the following requirement(s) to be considered minimally qualified for the job.
A Juris Doctorate from an accredited institution of higher education; and
10 years of experience as an attorney in a criminal justice related field; and
Be a member of the Florida Bar in good standing.
Preferred Qualifications
4 years of managerial attorney experience in a criminal justice related field.
Experience working for a law enforcement agency.

Additional Requirements

  • Depending on area of assignment, incumbents may be required to possess various licenses or certifications at time of hire or within the probationary period, or obtain them within a specified period of time after hire or appointment to the classification.
  • Depending on area of assignment, incumbents may be required to possess a valid Florida Driver License at time of employment. Driving history will be thoroughly reviewed and may be grounds for disqualification.
  • No visible tattoos on face. Tattoos on hands, neck, or arms must be covered with white, black, or neutral colored covering.
  • No illegal drug sale within lifetime.
  • No illegal drug use within the past 36 months. No marijuana use within the last 24 months.
  • No felony convictions within lifetime.
  • No misdemeanor convictions involving perjury, false statement, or domestic violence within lifetime.
  • Prior military personnel must not have a dishonorable discharge from any branch of the United States Armed Forces, the United States Coast Guard, National Guard, or Reserve Forces.
  • Successful completion of a criminal background investigation including polygraph, reference/employment/neighborhood checks, medical evaluation, and drug screening.

Benefit Information

Benefits include but are not limited to:
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance coverage
  • Florida Retirement System and Deferred Compensation
  • Paid time off including sick, vacation, and holiday time
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Employee incentives for educational degrees and bilingual (Spanish) abilities
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Paid training
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