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City of Hope Requesting Letters Of Interest For The Position of City Attorney

By city of Hope, 12/8/20 1:37 PM

The City of Hope Board of Directors is requesting letters of interest for the position of City Attorney. This is a part-time position. Interested applicants should address a letter of interest with relevant details to:

Catherine Cook

City Manager

City of Hope

P.O. Box 667

Hope AR 71802-0667


Letters of interest should be submitted by close of business, December 10, 2020.


Requirements for City Attorney

JD Degree

5 years’ experience as Attorney

Experience in Arkansas Municipal Law

Licensed to practice in Arkansas and in Federal Courts of Arkansas

  1. Requires attendance at Hempstead County District Court Sessions (1st and 3rd Tuesdays) and attendance as needed or required at pre-trial dates (all other Tuesdays of each month) 8-10 hours per month
  2. Requires attendance at City of Hope Board of Directors meetings (1st & 3rd Tuesdays)

3-4 hours per month

  1. Preparation for District Court , Responding to discovery in District Court cases, processing affidavits for warrants of arrest in misdemeanor violations of the law

2-3 hours per month

  1. Legal assistance to City of Hope staff and all departments including Hope Police Department

3-5 hours per month

Total 22-25 hours per month

The City Attorney is hired by the City of Hope Board of Directors at an amount determined in the City of Hope budget (currently $28,000 year). It also includes $3,200 in litigation fees and $2,800 for postage and office supplies. The City Attorney serves as the chief legal advisor to the City of Hope Board of Directors and to all City of Hope Departments; the City Attorney also represents the City in legal proceedings, including the prosecutorial function in District Court and other legal duties.

The City Attorney attends all regular and special City of Hope Board of Directors meetings to provide elected officials and staff legal guidance in carrying out their responsibilities within the law.

The City Attorney drafts legal documents on behalf of the City, including ordinances and resolutions. The City Attorney approves as to form and content all City legal documents prior to their execution by the Mayor or City Manager.

The City Attorney brings legal action on behalf of the City. Defends the City, its officials and employees acting on behalf of the City when charged with violation of law or regulations. Cooperates with (outside) legal counsel such as the Arkansas Municipal League Legal Defense Fund who provide special expertise or to handle exceptional legal work load.