Wayne County Government
  • Wayne County Commission
  • Detroit, MI, USA
  • $70,000 to $95,000
  • Full Time

The Assistant Commission Counsel works in the Office of Commission Counsel for the Wayne County Commission and assists with advising, supporting and representing the Wayne County Commission, the committees of the Commission, individual Commissioners, the Commission Clerk's Office, the Division of Administration, the Fiscal Agency, the Policy & Research Division, and the Office of the Legislative Auditor General.

 Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Draft ordinances, resolutions and charter amendments.
  • Advise the Commission on and represent it in legal matters.
  • Attend meetings of the Commission.
  • Analyze contracts, ordinances and all other matters before the Commission.
  • Research public policy and legal issues.
  • Provide concise and relevant verbal presentations at meetings.
  • Liaison with employees from all county departments and the offices of other elected officials to address matters of county concern.
  • Advise on the provisions in the Wayne County Charter and Uniform Budget and Accounting Act.
  • Advise on matters related to audits, and attestation and assurance engagements.
  • Maintain knowledge of relevant laws, regulations, polices and guidelines.
  • Respond to Freedom of Information Act requests.
  • Advise on the compliance with laws including the Open Meetings Act.
  • Analyze and report on pending state legislation that may impact the county's interests.
  • Assist with the indexing of ordinances and resolutions having the effect of law.
  • Assist with the drafting of public notices and the manner of preparing agenda items for disposition.
  • Draft communications on behalf of the Commission, committees and individual Commissioners on issues of public policy.
  • Assist Commissioners with responses to constituent inquiries.


  • Juris Doctorate Degree from an accredited law school
  • Licensed to practice law in Michigan
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience practicing law
  • Superior written and oral communication skills
  • Strong research and analyzing skills
  • Considerable knowledge of the techniques of drafting laws and of the principles of statutory construction
  • Reasonable knowledge of the
  • Open Meetings Act and the Freedom of Information Act
  • Reasonable knowledge of state, federal and local laws relating to the functions of county government
  • Familiarly with parliamentary procedure
  • Some civil litigation experience preferred
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks while keeping track of critical dates and deadlines.


Salary Range: $70,000-$95,000

Deadline to Apply: Resumes accepted until position is filled


Please send your salary requirements, resume and cover letter to: tjohnson@waynecounty.com



Wayne County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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