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City Attorney

City of Box Elder

Job Title: City Attorney

Opening Date: Position Open Until Filled

Pay Range: 

$43.99 to $53.66 per hour, dependent upon experience

 New employees typically start at the low end of the pay range.

 This is a full-time position located in the Box Elder City Hall; normal schedule is Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; working some evenings and weekends.

essential duties:

The City Attorney serves as the chief legal advisor to the City, and is responsible for providing legal services to the City Council, the City Administrator, all departments, employees, and City boards and commissions. The City Attorney will report to the City Administrator. Responsibilities include planning, staffing, and supervising the legal service needs of the City, and preparing and administering the Department budget. The City Administrator assigns work in terms of department goals and objectives. The City Administrator reviews work through conferences, reports, and observation of department activities. The City Attorney represents the City in all legal proceedings; is responsible for the preparation and presentation of cases; renders legal opinions; prepares contracts, ordinances, resolutions, and leases; and assists in drafting proposed legislation for enactment by the state legislature on matters of interest to the City. The City Attorney defends the City in cases filed in county, state, and federal courts; manages the hiring and work of outside attorneys retained to provide legal services to the City; and represents the City in all cases filed in Pennington and Meade Circuit Court. Work is performed with independence in accordance with accepted practices. This class is responsible for performing related duties as required.  Applicants selected for interviews may be subjected to an appropriate background check. 

major duties:

  • Directs the day-to-day operations of the City Attorney's Office.
  • Provides legal representation for the city government, elected officials, city officers, and city employees.
  • Provides legal advice and guidance pertaining to all aspects of city government, ordinances, resolutions, contracts, agreements, policy directive, and day-to-day operation.
  • Provides legal consultation, services, research, review, and opinions to the Mayor, department heads, and other city employees regarding city business.
  • Prepares and reviews, amends, and corrects city ordinances and city contracts.
  • Ensures compliance with policy directives, resolutions, and ordinances approved by the City Council and with state and federal laws.
  • Attends City Council meetings, briefings, informational meetings, personnel meetings, and legal meetings.
  • Prepares, presents, and represents the city at court hearings, trials, and other legal proceedings.
  • Prosecutes actions for violations of city ordinances.
  • Assists with affidavits and supports of arrest and search warrants for city prosecution.
  • Represents the city in labor negotiations, mediation, arbitration, grievances, or other personnel related or potential legal actions.
  • Establishes cooperation with federal, state, and local officials and with citizens and business groups.
  • Maintains professional awareness of current literature and changes in law; completes continuing education.
  • Obtains and maintains all professional licenses necessary for practicing law in South Dakota.
  • Provides training to Mayor, City Council, department heads and other employees on legal matters.
  • Submits annual budget and manages approved funds.
  • Reviews proposed state legislation and prepares and presents state legislation relating to municipal government.
  • Directs the maintenance of office records.
  • Carries out administrative directives, policies, and regulations governing operations and procedures.
  • Performs related duties.

knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Knowledge of local, state and federal law.
  • Knowledge of legal research principles.
  • Knowledge of municipal laws and ordinances and of state and federal law governing municipal operations.
  • Knowledge of legal principles including civil, employment, criminal, municipal, and administrative law.
  • Knowledge of the rules of courtroom procedure and the rules of evidence.
  • Knowledge of departmental functions, programs and services.
  • Knowledge of computers and job-related software programs.
  • Skill in producing persuasive legal arguments.
  • Skill in the analysis of problems and the development and implementation of solutions.
  • Skill in training and supervising personnel.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.


A graduate from an accredited school of law and current membership in the State Bar of South Dakota.   Experience sufficient to thoroughly understand the diverse objectives and functions of the subunits in the division/department in order to direct and coordinate work within the division/department, usually interpreted to require a minimum of years of related experience. Three to five years of prior experience with substantial experience in the area of municipal law.


Applicants that meet the above listed requirements will be invited to an interview which will determine eligibility for a conditional offer of employment.


A candidate receiving a conditional offer of employment will undergo a background investigation, psychological evaluation, physical examination and drug screening.


Submit a complete application, cover/introduction letter, updated resume, and transcripts to the following address:

City of Box Elder
Human Resources Department
420 Villa Drive
Box Elder, SD 57719 

Please note: Incomplete application packets will not be considered. Resumes are required and are not reviewed in lieu of your application; therefore, ensure your application is complete.


Five (5) days’ vacation; Six (6) days of personal paid time off; nine paid holidays; Employee Health (includes Dental) and Life Insurance; Short Term Disability; Long Term Disability and Retirement benefits; Social Security contributions; other optional benefits. PROBATION: An established probationary period must be satisfactorily served by each employee. NOTE: When advised, reasonable accommodations will be made for an “otherwise qualified applicant” with a disability to participate in any phase of the selection process.

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