Deputy County Counsel II/III/IV

  • San Bernardino, California
  • Aug 29, 2023
Full Time Legal Services Municipal or County Clerk Other
  • Salary: $98,155.20 - $194,667.20 Annually USD

Job Description

The Job

Come join a team that serves and protects San Bernardino County, its treasury, and its governing body, by providing timely and accurate legal services and aggressively representing the County in litigation.

Newly hired employees from this recruitment may be eligible to receive bonus payments up to $3,000!*

* See Exempt Employee Compensation Ordinance for details (p. 83-85).

Attorneys may have the opportunity to work a flexible schedule after six months of employment, which may include a 9/80 schedule and/or partial remote work option.

County Counsel is recruiting for Deputy County Counsel II/III/IV. Deputy County Counsel positions practice in a variety of civil law areas and assignments which may include: employment; administrative law proceedings; civil rights; eminent domain; public entity liability; environmental/land use; workers compensation; taxation; juvenile, guardianship and conservatorship; appeals; arbitration/mediation; contract; business; transactional; procurement; technology; torts; personal injury; real estate and construction law.

Duties include drafting ordinances; preparing contracts; drafting, analyzing and interpreting legislation; researching and writing legal opinions; administrative hearings; and advising boards, departments, special districts, school districts and commissions on a wide variety of issues, including, but not limited to the Brown Act and Public Records Act.

The current openings are to provide legal services to the Sheriff/Coroner/Public Administrator and the Project and Facilities Management Department; the resulting eligibility list may be used to fill additional vacancies in the County Counsel's Office as they may occur. Legal services to the Sheriff's Department involves advising on various areas including employment, disciplinary matters and appeals pursuant to the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act, grievance arbitration, labor and unfair practice charges, transactional, procurement, and contracts. Legal services to the Project and Facilities Management Department involves advising on various areas including public works construction procurement including design-build and job-order-contracting, prevailing wage, the California Environmental Quality Act, construction claims, bid protests, and contracts.

Applications will be accepted until a sufficient number of qualified applications
have been received.

Your application will be reviewed for eligibility for all levels within the Deputy County Counsel Series. Job offers for the initial appointment may be made at any level based on qualifications and department needs. Candidates advance within the series in accordance with criteria established in the Exempt Compensation Ordinance (see page 86-87). Please see official job descriptions below.

3% Annual Across the Board Salary Increases on February 2024/25
Bi-annual step increases of 2.5% up to Top Step of Applicable Salary Range
(Salary Increases contingent upon assessed values for previous fiscal year.)

Deputy County Counsel II
$98,155 - $130,353 Annually

Deputy County Counsel III
$115,793 - $153,982 Annually

Deputy County Counsel IV
$ 133,432 - $194,667 Annually



San Bernardino County Counsel employees may be eligible for student loan forgiveness through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. For more details/application information, click here .

San Bernardino County also has reciprocity with CalPERS and other California '37 Act counties.


Background: Applicants must pass a background investigation, including fingerprinting, prior to appointment.

Travel: Travel throughout the County is required. A valid California Class C driver license is required at time of appointment. Employees in this class may be required to use personal vehicles and show proof of automobile liability insurance. Mileage reimbursement is available.

Minimum Requirements

License: Active membership and in good standing with the State Bar of California.



Deputy County Counsel IV: Four (4) years of full-time civil or criminal law experience as an attorney.

Deputy County Counsel III: Thirty (30) months of full-time civil or criminal law work experience as an attorney.

Deputy County Counsel II : Twelve (12) months of full-time civil or criminal law work experience as an attorney.

Note: (Law Clerk, Intern and Volunteer Attorney experience is not qualifying).

Desired Qualifications

Legal representation of a public entity or employment in a legal office of a public agency is desirable.

Selection Process

There will be a competitive evaluation of qualifications based on the information provided in the Application and the Supplemental Questionnaire. You are encouraged to include detailed descriptions of your qualifying experience and skills, as only the most highly qualified applicants will be referred to the Department.

All communications regarding the selection process will be via email. Applicants are encouraged to check their e-mail frequently to learn additional information regarding this recruitment. Check your GovernmentJobs account for notifications. Update your firewalls to allow e-mails from San Bernardino County through Update your Spam, Junk, and Bulk settings to ensure it will not spam/block/filter communications from email addresses with the following domain "". Finally, be sure to keep your personal information updated. Taking these steps now will help ensure you receive all communications regarding this recruitment.

Application Procedure : Please complete and submit the online employment application and supplemental questionnaire. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as this recruitment may close at any time without notice Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the application and/or supplemental questionnaires.

To ensure timely and successful submission of your online application, please allow ample time to complete and submit your application before the posted filing deadline. Applicants will be automatically logged-out if they have not submitted the application and all required materials prior to the posted deadline. Once your application has been successfully submitted you will receive an onscreen confirmation and an email. We recommend that you save and/or print these for your records. Please note: if you do not receive an onscreen confirmation and an email acknowledging our receipt of your application, we have not received your application.

If you require technical assistance, please click HERE to review the Government Jobs online application guide , or contact their Toll-Free Applicant Support line at (855) 524-5627. Please note that Human Resources is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by the internet connection, computer or browser used to submit the application.

EEO/ADA: San Bernardino County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant employer, committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants.

ADA Accommodation: If you have a disability and require accommodations in the testing process, submit the Special Testing Accommodations Request Form within one week of a recruitment filing deadline.

Veterans' Preference: Eligible veterans and their spouse or widow(er) who are not current County employees may be awarded additional Veterans' Preference points. Click here for information and instructions to request Veteran's Preference points.

Please click HERE for important Applicant Information and the County Employment Process .
Closing Date/Time:

Job Address

San Bernardino, California United States View Map