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County Attorney, Tompkins County

Position County Attorney

Organization: Tompkins County

Location: Ithaca, NY

Salary: $143,270.40yr -Hire rate, $155,688.00yr Work rate after 9 months

Date Posted: 1/31/2024

Contact Larry Workman, Manager of Talent Acquisition and Engagement

Job Info

Join Our Team as County Attorney in Tompkins County!

Are you a skilled legal professional looking for an exciting opportunity to make a difference in your community? Tompkins County is seeking a dedicated County Attorney to lead our legal team and serve as a key advisor to government officials, shaping the future of our county!

About Tompkins County: Tompkins County is a vibrant and diverse community located in the heart of New York State. Home to Cornell University and Ithaca College, our county boasts a unique blend of academic excellence, natural beauty, and a strong commitment to sustainability and inclusivity.

Position Overview:

As County Attorney, you will play a crucial role in providing legal counsel to the County Legislature, County Administration, and various departments and advisory boards. You'll have the opportunity to engage in a wide range of legal matters, from civil litigation and contracts to land use and employment matters. Your expertise will help shape the legal landscape of Tompkins County, ensuring that our community continues to thrive.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide legal advice and counsel to County officials and departments.
  • Represent and/or identify representation for Tompkins County in legal proceedings and negotiations.
  • Draft and review contracts, ordinances, and legal documents.
  • Oversee the work of the Deputy County Attorney and legal support staff.
  • Stay current on legal developments affecting the County.


  • Admission to the Bar in the State of New York and a minimum of five years of full-time experience practicing law.
  • ¬†Experience working with municipal government preferred.
  • Strong communication, negotiation, analytical and management skills.
  • Commitment to upholding ethical and professional standards.

Pay Rate:

  • $143,270.40yr -Hire rate, $155,688.00yr Work rate after 9 months


  • Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.
  • Opportunities for professional development and advancement.
  • A supportive and collaborative work environment.
  • Engaging and meaningful work that impacts the community.

How to Apply:

Residency Waived for Applications ONLY.  This position is considered to be a public officer.  Pursuant to Article 3 of the NYS Public Officers Law, the holder of this position must be a United States citizen and a resident or become a resident of Tompkins County and maintain residency for the duration of employment.

To apply for this exciting opportunity, please complete our online application and submit your resume and a cover letter with the application. The application deadline is February 25, 2024.

Join us in making a positive impact on Tompkins County and its residents. We look forward to welcoming a dedicated County Attorney who shares our commitment to the well-being of our community.

Tompkins County Government centers diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are committed to the empowerment of employees and residents to dismantle systemic barriers that inhibit inclusive governance and the provision of government services to all. We encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds and experiences.

Contact information:

Larry Workman

Manager of Talent Acquisition and Engagement


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