Assistant County Attorney I Job at Todd County, MN, Long Prairie, MN

  • Todd County, MN
  • Long Prairie, MN

Job Description

Salary: $35.42 - $44.87 Hourly

Location : Long Prairie, MN

Job Type: Full-time

Job Number: 377D

Department: Attorney's Office

Opening Date: 05/08/2024

Closing Date: Continuous

Purpose of Position

Purpose of Position

The purpose of this position is to perform legal and advisory services as prescribed by County Attorney to accomplish effective representation of state, county, and county personnel. Implement the best acceptable alternatives for problems encountered by county officials, department heads, and employees. Determines and administers justice to those believed to have violated the criminal laws of the state. Keeps abreast of the new and ever-changing laws, court decisions, rules and regulations.

Basic Performance Expectations of all Todd County Staff
  • Serves as a positive example to other County personnel with regard to workplace actions, decisions, work skills, attitude and adherence to workplace policy and procedures.
  • Has strong communication and interpersonal skills, is honest, fair and dependable.
  • Embodies teamwork and cooperation within and across County departments and with the public.
  • Communicates effectively with the Department/Division leader and keeps management apprised of important matters ongoing in the department.
  • Respect all colleagues, co-workers, board members and the public and lead those around you to do the same.
  • This position requires regular and timely attendance in accordance with the department schedule.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or apparent.

Position Specific Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The following duties are normal for this position. These duties are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required as assigned. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Serves as a positive example to Department Heads and County personnel with regards to workplace actions, decisions, management skills, attitude, and adherence to County policy.
  • Embodies teamwork and cooperation within and across County departments and with the public.
  • Identify, define, evaluate, and effectively resolve problems facing county officials, department heads, and employees; determine alternative courses of action and effectively recommend the most advantageous course of action by the officer, department head, or employee faced with the problem; proceed to assist in implementation of the solution.
  • Monitor operations of county officers, department heads, and employees to ensure compliance with law.
  • Represent county in litigation, including pleadings, motions, legal research, and court appearances; prepare cases for trial by analyzing investigator reports, interviewing persons involved, drafting legal documents, presenting evidence and arguments in court, and authority to negotiate settlements when determined appropriate, as well as represent county and state in civil and criminal appeals in matters not resolved at trial court level.
  • Review drafts and negotiate contracts and other legal documents for the county.
  • Study, interpret, and apply laws, decisions, rules of court, and other authorities in preparation of cases, opinions, and briefs.
  • This position requires regular and timely attendance.
  • Any other duties as assigned.

Minimum Education and Experience/Special Requirements

  • Juris Doctorate and moderate experience practicing law.
  • License to practice law in Minnesota.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.
  • Must pass a criminal background check.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of civil and criminal or juvenile laws.
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles, methods, and practices of legal research.
  • Thorough knowledge of the pleadings and practice of effective presentation of court cases.
  • Skill in interpersonal relationships.
  • Ability to appraise and organize facts and to present evidence and other material in written or oral form.
  • Skill in conducting legal research, analysis of data, determination of proper courses of action, and presentation of facts and arguments.
  • Ability to negotiate.
Physical Requirements

This work requires the occasional exertion of up to 10 pounds of force; work regularly requires sitting, speaking or hearing, using hands to finger, handle or feel and repetitive motions and occasionally requires standing, walking, stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling, reaching with hands and arms, pushing or pulling and lifting; work has standard vision requirements; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels; work requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data, operating machines, operating motor vehicles or equipment and observing general surroundings and activities; work occasionally requires exposure to outdoor weather conditions; work is generally in a moderately noisy location (e.g. business office, light traffic).

2024 Todd County Summary of Benefits
The following is intended to be a general overview of benefits provided for full-time positions. County contributions to health insurance may differ by collective bargaining agreement, please refer to your union contract. Group Health Insurance benefits become effective the first day of the month following 30 days of employment. Further details and a complete copy of the applicable contract/policy are available at the time an employment offer is extended. If you have questions about benefits, please contact the Administration Department at

Health Insurance offered by Health Partners and Sourcewell
Employees have three (3) medical insurance plans to choose from. The rates shown are effective 1/1/2024. 2024 HSA Maximum Contributions: Single $4,150 /Family $8,300, Catch-up contributions $1,000.

Plan $1,600/$3,200 High Deductible - 100% & Health Savings Account (HSA) Employer Contribution per Month / Employee Cost per Month / HSA Employer Contribution per Month
Single $918.89 / $0.00 / $125.00
Employee + Child(ren) $1,225.00 / $411.50/ $125.00
Employee +Spouse $1,500.00 / $638.14 / $125.00
Family $1,650.00 / $815.48 / $125.00

Plan $4,150/$8,300 High Deductible -100% & Health Savings Account (HSA) Employer Contribution per Month / Employee Cost per Month / HSA Employer Contribution per Month
Single $789.90/ $0.00 / $165.00
Employee + Child(ren) $1,225.00 / $181.78 / $125.00
Employee + Spouse $1,500.00 / $338.00 / $125.00
Family $1,650.00 / $469.39/ $125.00

Plan $8,050/$16,100 High Deductible -100% & Health Savings Account (HSA) Employer Contribution per Month / Employee Cost per Month / HSA Employer Contribution per Month
Single $644.27/ $0.00 / $165.00
Employee + Child(ren) $1,147.40 / $0 / $125.00
Employee + Spouse $1,499.12 / $0 / $125.00
Family $1,650.00 / $78.63 / $125.00

Dental Insurance offered by Health Partners
Monthly Cost
Employee $38.05
Employee+1 $76.09
Family $114.15

Vision Insurance offered by Avesis
Monthly Cost
Employee $6.03
Employee+1 $10.53
Family $15.64

Flexible Spending Accounts offered by Select Account
Plan options include medical reimbursement and dependent day care FSAs as well as pre-tax deductions of medical and dental insurance premiums. Actual cost of pre-tax deductions is an average of 27% - 39% depending you're your bracket.

Life Insurance offered by Lincoln Financial
Term life offered at no cost for $20,000 basic life/ADD insurance coverage. Rates for voluntary additional coverage for employee or spouse vary according to age category:

Age of Employee Your Monthly Cost or Spouse per $1,000
Under age 25 $.057
25 - 29 $.057
30 - 34 $.057
35 - 39 $.095
40 - 44 $.114
45 - 49 $.162
50 - 54 $.238
55 - 59 $.428
60 - 64 $.646
65 - 69 $1.226
70 - 74 $1.976

Child Life: $1.30 per month $15,000

PERA Term Life
Voluntary supplemental decreasing term life offered by the Public Employees Retirement Association of Minnesota that may be continued into retirement, $16.00. See for additional information.

Short Term Disability offered by Lincoln Financial
Protect your income for the 1st three (3) months of disability. Rates vary by age category and you select your level of coverage from weekly benefits of $100 - $2,000 in $100 increments, not to exceed 60% of weekly gross earnings.

Long Term Disability offered by Lincoln Financial
Protect your income beginning the 4th month of a disability and benefits are payable for injury, sickness or pregnancy up to your normal retirement age, as defined by Social Security. You may elect any level of coverage, in increments of $100 between $500 and $5,000 per month, provided you don't insure more than 60% of your monthly income.

Deferred Compensation
Pre-tax 457(b) and post-tax IRA programs available.

PERA Pension Plan
Public Employers Retirement Association (PERA); the following contributions are mandated by state law:

Coordinated Detention Officers Law Enforcement
County Contribution: 7.50% 8.75% 17.70%
Employee Contribution: 6.50% 5.83% 11.80%

PERA handbooks are available at

Minnesota State Retirement Systems (MSRS) Health Care Savings Plan (HCSP)
A post retirement health care savings plan is an employer sponsored program that allows employees to save money to pay medical expenses and/or health insurance premiums after termination of public service.

Group Voluntary Plans Available through Cigna
* Accident Insurance
* Critical Illness Insurance
* Hospital Indemnity Insurance

Full details available at the time of hire.

Paid Vacation
Employees earn vacation as follows:
Hours earned
Years of Service Per month
1 thru 3 8
4 thru 5 10
6 thru 10 12
11 thru l5 14
16 thru 20 17
21 thru 24 18
25+ 19

See applicable union labor agreement for vacation schedule, some accrue per pay period. Employees may carry over up to 192 hours of available vacation per year.

Paid Sick Leave
Employees earn 8 hours of sick leave per month and may accrue up to 1040 hours (6 months) paid leave.

Paid Holidays
New Years Day
President's Day
Martin Luther King Day
Good Friday
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Veteran's Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve Day (4 hours) - unless holiday falls on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday
Christmas Day
New Years Eve Day (4 hours) - unless holiday falls on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday

* See applicable union labor agreement for negotiated holidays.

Funeral Leave
Paid funeral leave of absence up to 40 hours.
* See applicable union labor agreement for negotiated funeral leave.

Financial Services including competitive loan rates, VISA, Savings Clubs, bill payments, investments and other services.

Fitness Room
The Todd County Wellness Committee sponsors a fitness room available to County employees and their immediate family members.

Minnesota Benefit Association
Serving Minnesota makes you a member of the association, rewarding you with great services and savings, including: Student Scholarships, Life Insurance, Home & Auto Insurance, etc. See pr 800.360.6117

Verizon Wireless Discount
As a benefit of your employment with Todd County, you may be eligible for a discount for Verizon Wireless service and equipment. go to for more information.


Are you licensed to practice law in Minnesota?
  • Yes
  • No


Do you have a Juris Doctorate?
  • Yes
  • No


Do you have experience practicing law?
  • Yes - 4+ years experience
  • Yes - 2 to 4 years experience
  • Yes - Under 2 years experience
  • No Experience


How many years experience do you have working in a government agency?
  • 4+ years experience in government
  • 2 to 4 years experience in government
  • Under 2 years experience in government
  • No experience in government


How many years experience do you have conducting legal research and presenting facts and arguments?
  • 4+ years experience
  • 2 to 4 years experience
  • Under 2 years experience
  • No experience


Do you have experience reviewing drafts and negotiating contracts?
  • Yes
  • No


If you answered yes to the questions above, give a brief description of your past experience working in law.


Do you have a valid driver's license?
  • Yes
  • No


Are you able to perform all physical requirements of the position with or without reasonable accommodation?
  • Yes
  • No


If you claimed Veteran's Preference above, do you have your DD214 to include as an attachment to this application?
  • Yes - Qualified Disabled Veteran (10% or higher disability rating)
  • Yes - Qualified Vet or Spouse of Deceased Vet
  • No

Required Question

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