JOB OPENING

Staff Attorney

The Staff Attorney is responsible for advising the Sheriff and the Chief Deputy concerning legal issues regarding the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office. The Staff Attorney will provide legal assistance within the Sheriff’s Office and its divisions and perform related professional and administrative work as required. 

The Staff Attorney will represent the Sheriff’s Office on assigned litigation and business matters to include policy and procedure review, contract compliance, labor law compliance, prosecution assistance, and coordination of tort and liability claims against the Sheriff’s Office and other duties as directed by the Chief Deputy.

The Staff Attorney reports directly to the Chief Deputy.

This position description is qualified as an Administrative Exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The primary duty of this position description is the performance of office or nonmanual work directly related to the management of the agency.

The primary duty also includes the exercise of discretion and independent judgment with respect to matters of significance.

  • Manages all legal activities of the Sheriff’s Office, ensuring compliance with applicable policies, procedures, laws and regulations.
  • Researches and develops legal policy and procedures for Sheriff’s Office operations.
  • Conducts legal research and provides legal opinions as needed by Sheriff’s Office staff.
  • Assists in preparing arrest and search warrants; assists civil process staff in all related legal issues, such as claims and delivery, executions and judgements, etc.
  • Assists with the legal aspects of criminal investigations.
  • Provides guidance and legal reviews on personnel matters.
  • Develops and presents various legal training classes to Sheriff’s Office personnel as
    needed.
  • Keeps abreast of all new criminal and civil legislation and case law which may have an effect on the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Keeps abreast of local, state, and federal law, codes and ordinances, rules of court,
    various technical, professional and reference texts.
  • Receives and responds to difficult and sensitive client or public inquiries, concerns and complaints.
  • Assists in coordinating legal activities and functions with other county departments, municipalities, County Attorney’s Office, Solicitor’s Office and other outside agencies as required.
  • Maintains files; compiles reports and statistics as necessary.
  • Attends professional conferences, training, seminars, workshops, etc., and reads
    professional literature maintain job knowledge and skills.
  • Requires synthesizing or integrating analysis of data or information to discover facts or develop knowledge or interpretations; to recommend changes in policies, procedures or methodologies based on new facts, knowledge or interpretations.
  • Receives and handles various documents, such as pleadings, summonses, complaints, litigation documentation, case law, legal opinions, court orders, contracts, reports and correspondence.
  • Provides on scene legal advice in major or complex investigations.
  • Provides legal based training to deputies in substantive and procedural criminal law.
  • Provides on scene legal advice to the Sheriff, Chief Deputy and command staff in critical incidents.
  • Draft legal memoranda and assist with legal research relevant to the Sheriff in his official capacity and the Office’s operations.
  • Assist and advise the Office of Professional Responsibility with Internal Investigations and advice in matters concerning employee conduct policy compliance.
  • Assist and advise Human Resources on employment law related issues.
  • Advises and assists the Chief Deputy in the handling of discovery requests, subpoenas, civil seizures and forfeitures, etc.
  • Oversee and interface with outside counsel regarding ongoing legal matters in both state and federal court.
  • Represent the Office at South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy administrative hearings regarding misconduct appeals.
  • Represent the Office at civil court mediations for ongoing litigation and review and sign settlement agreements on behalf of the Office.
  • Defend Deputies in depositions when they are called as third-party witnesses.
  • Review, negotiate, and draft contractual agreements between the Office and third parties.
  • Draft and develop memoranda of understanding and mutual-aid agreements between the Office and other law enforcement agencies.
  • Review policies and procedures to ensure compliance with applicable state and federal law and regulations.

This position requires a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and a Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited school of law supplemented by two to four years of responsible experience in the field of law, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experiences that provides the required knowledge, skills and ability for the position.

Must possess and maintain membership in the South Carolina Bar Association.

At the time of appointment must be a resident of, and a registered voter in Beaufort County.

Must maintain the training standards established by the Sheriff’s Office.

Must possess and maintain a valid South Carolina driver’s license at the time of appointment.

Language Ability

  • Requires the ability to read and comprehend a variety of information to include, but not limited to, books, maps, policies and procedures, warrants, criminal history, etc.
  • Requires reading and interpreting professional materials involving advanced bodies of knowledge related to law and other complex disciplines; writing extremely complex papers and reports; speaking to high-level political, legal, or other such groups.

 

Intelligence

  • Requires performing work involving the application of principles of logical thinking or legal practice to diagnose or define problems, collect data and solve abstract problems with widespread unit or organizational impact.


Verbal Aptitude

  • Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures,
    to follow and give verbal and written instructions, to counsel and teach employees. Ability to communicate effectively and efficiently with diversified persons of varying educational backgrounds.

Interpersonal Personality

  • Requires the ability to deal with people beyond giving and receiving
    instructions. Must be adaptable to performing under stress or when confronted with emergencies or other critical situations.
  • Requires negotiating, exchanging ideas, information and opinions with others to formulate policy and programs or arrive jointly at decisions, conclusions or
    solutions.

 

Quality of Work

  • Maintains a high standard of accuracy in exercising duties and responsibilities.
  • Ability to take immediate corrective action for any deficiencies that may occur with-in the Sheriff’s Office.
  • Maintain a high quality of communication and interaction with internal and external entities. Requires using advanced professional-level work methods and
    practices in the analysis, coordination or interpretation of work of a professional, legal or managerial nature and the ability to formulate important recommendations or make decisions that have an organization-wide impact.

 

Quantity of Work

  • Performs described essential functions and related assignments efficiently
    and effectively in order to produce quantity of work which consistently meets all standards and expectations.

 

Dependability

  • Assumes responsibility for completing all work.
  • Complete all assigned work within deadlines in accordance with agency directives, policy, standards and procedures.

 

Attendance

  • Attends and remains at work regularly and adheres to policies and procedures
    regarding absenteeism and tardiness.

 

Initiative and Enthusiasm

  • Maintains an enthusiastic, self-reliant and self starting approach in meeting all responsibilities.
  • Strives to anticipate all work assignments and initiates proper and acceptable action for the completion of work with a minimum of supervision.

 

Judgment

  • Exercises logical judgment in all areas of responsibility.
  • Decision-making is a significant part of the job, affecting a large segment of the organization and the general public; works in a dynamic environment; responsible to assist in developing policy and practices.

 

Knowledge of Job

  • Has a thorough knowledge of the methods, procedures and policies of the county and the Sheriff’s Office as they pertain to the performance of duties of the Staff Attorney.
  • Is knowledgeable in the laws, ordinances, standards and regulations pertaining to specific duties and responsibilities of the position.
  • Know how to plan, organize, and direct administrative support functions.
  • Know how to apply supervisory and managerial concepts and principals; has knowledge of administrative principals involving, directing and supervising various programs and related activities.
  • Has the ability to offer instruction and advice to subordinates regarding agency policies, methods and regulations.
  • Has the ability to offer training and assistance to co-workers and employees of other departments as required.
  • Has knowledge of current principals and practices of law, courtroom and judicial procedures and processes, methods and techniques of legal research, established precedents, case law and sources of legal reference applicable to agency activities.
  • Knows how to make persuasive public presentations with confidence; is able to intelligently articulate a point of law within pressured environment of a courtroom.
  • Has the ability to organize, interpret and apply legal principles and knowledge to complex legal problems; investigate and prosecute cases, develop, prepare and direct effective prosecution strategies; research legal issues, complaints, pleadings, and points and authorities.
  • Is able to read, interpret, apply, explain and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations, rules, policies and procedures.
  • Has the ability to analyze complex problems, evaluate alternatives, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals; to appraise situations and people accurately and quickly and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Has considerable knowledge of up-to-date law enforcement procedures.
  • Has extensive knowledge of legal rights of accused persons and law enforcement.
  • Has the ability to deal courteously, yet firmly and effectively with the public in police actions.
  • Is able to work under stress or dangerous conditions.

Must be physically able to operate equipment such as an automobile, office equipment, radio, telephone, etc.

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Beaufort County offers the following benefits to qualified full time employees:

  • Health, Dental, Vision (with affordable employee contributions)
  • Short and Long Term Disability
  • Basic Life Insurance and Accidental Death and Dismemberment
  • Medical and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • Ancillary Products through Creative Worksite Solutions, which include:
    • Cancer
    • Accidental
    • Critical Illness
    • Whole Life Insurance with a Long Care Term Rider
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Thirteen (13) paid Holidays
  • Sick Leave
  • Paid Leave Time
  • Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA) membership

Recruitment and Staffing Coordinator

Staff Sergeant Patrick N. Rowell
843-255-3433
[email protected]

Hiring Phases

The hiring process includes an in-depth background investigation and testing described herein. The process is normally completed within 60 to 90 days from the date a complete application packet is received. The process length may vary depending on the circumstances of each applicant. During each phase of the hiring process, the applicant’s file is reviewed coinciding with the phases listed below. 

Phase One
The applicant submits a complete application packet to the Training/Recruitment Branch of the Sheriff's Office.
Phase Two
An investigator is assigned, who conducts an in-depth background investigation.
Phase Three
The applicant's file is reviewed by Command Staff for employment consideration.
Phase Four
Upon approval of employment, the applicant will receive a written "Offer of Employment" letter that will include salary and hire date. The applicant will then be scheduled for a pre-employment physical and fingerprinting.
How to Apply

ONLINE

To make the online application process as efficient as possible, we recommend following these steps …

Gather the documents required for your application package. On the application, you will be asked to upload the following:

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship (if you were born outside of the United States)
  • A copy of your Birth Certificate
  • A copy of your High School or GED and College Diplomas
  • A copy of your Driver’s License
  • A copy of your Social Security Card
  • A copy of court-issued legal documentation supporting any legal name change (i.e., marriage certificate, divorce decree, etc.)
  • If you have prior military service, a copy of your DD214 with your separation code and the type of discharge you received
  • A certified driving record from the Department of Motor Vehicles from all states licensed over the past six years
  • If you are a former law enforcement officer, provide all training certificates

Create digital copies of your documents. 

You can do this by scanning, downloading or using your phone to take pictures of them. 

Make sure the images are crisp with no blurry areas and that all the information contained on the documents can be easily read.

You will be required to provide your work history, as well as three personal references. 

Before starting your application, make sure you have the names, current addresses and current contact information of the former supervisors and personal references you plan to list on the form.

Download, fill out and print these two forms:

 

After you have completed and printed them, both forms must be Notarized.

Once they are Notarized, you may bring them to our Recruitment Office or mail them to us. 

NOTE: We offer free Notary service at our Recruitment Office. If you would like to use this service, please bring your completed forms to our office.

When you have your documents ready and have collected all the information you’ll need, set aside about two hours to complete the application.

You will be able to partially fill out your application and return to it later only if you use the same browser and device that you started in.

If you are not able to apply online ...

You may download a copy of our application by clicking here and following these steps:

Gather the documents required for your application package. On the application, you will be asked to upload the following:

  • Proof of U. S. citizenship (if you were born outside of the United States)
  • A copy of your Birth Certificate
  • A copy of your High School or GED and College Diplomas
  • A copy of your Driver’s License
  • A copy of your Social Security Card
  • A copy of court-issued legal documentation supporting any legal name change (i.e., marriage certificate, divorce decree, etc.)
  • If you have prior military service, a copy of your DD214 with your separation code and the type of discharge you received
  • A certified driving record from the Department of Motor Vehicles from all states licensed over the past six years
  • If you are a former law enforcement officer, provide all training certificates

If you plan to mail your application or bring it to our Recruitment Office, make photocopies of each document.

You may also create digital copies of your documents and email them to us at [email protected] You can do this by scanning, downloading or using your phone to take pictures of them. 

Make sure the photocopies or digital images are crisp with no blurry areas and that all the information contained on the documents can be easily read.

You will be required to provide your work history, as well as three personal references. 

Before starting your application, it is a good idea to have the names, current addresses and current contact information of the former supervisors and personal references you plan to list on the form.

Download, fill out and print these two forms:

After you have completed and printed them, both forms must be Notarized.

Once they are Notarized, you may bring them to our Recruitment Office or mail them to us. 

NOTE: We offer free Notary service at our Recruitment Office. If you would like to use this service, please bring your completed forms to our office.

When you have your documents ready and have collected all the information you’ll need, set aside about two hours to complete the application.

Please provide answers to all questions.

When you have your complete application package ready, you may mail it to our Recruitment Office or bring it in person.

If you would prefer to email your application package to us, please note that the Personal Inquiry Waiver and Background Packet forms must be Notarized and cannot be accepted over email in most cases.

Questions?

Call 843-255-3433 or email [email protected]

The Recruitment Office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Our office is at:
2001 Duke St.
Beaufort, S.C. 29902

Our mailing address is:
Beaufort County Sheriff's Office
Recruitment Office
ATTN: Staff Sergeant Patrick N. Rowell
P. O. Box 1758
Beaufort, S.C. 29901

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer.