City of Long Beach

SALARY: $125,000.00  – $155,000.00 Annually
CLOSING DATE: 11/15/2023 4:30 PM Pacific


The Long Beach City Attorney seeks to employ a full-time staff attorney with strong transactional skills to work in the Departmental Counsel division. A minimum of three years’ experience in municipal law work, including familiarity with Pitchess Motions and representation of a Police Department or Commission is preferred. The candidate must be comfortable and confident appearing before local boards and commissions in a  variety of administrative settings. Responsibilities include providing advice to the Chief of Police and command staff; preparing legal opinions, contracts, ordinances and resolutions; and representing the City in both civil and administrative proceedings.

Examples of Duties

  • Provide legal research, advice and draft a variety of legal documents.
  • Provide the Long Beach Police Department with legal advice and opinions regarding local State and Federal law.
  • Draft a variety of municipal ordinances and resolutions.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned or requested.


The City offers an attractive benefits package that includes the following:

  • Retirement – City offers CalPERS with a benefit of 2.5% @ 55 for Classic members or 2% at 62 for new members as defined by PEPRA, subject to the limitations set by PERS. Employee pays the employee portion. The City also participates in Social Security.
  • Vacation – Twelve (12) days after one year of service; 15 days after 4½ years of service; 20 days after 19½ years of service. Use of vacation days after 6 months of service.
  • Executive Leave – Forty (40) hours per year.
  • Sick Leave – Ninety-six (96) hours or twelve (12) days per year, with unlimited accrual; conversion upon retirement to cash credit toward health and/or dental insurance premiums, or to pension credits.
  • Paid Parental Leave – After six (6) months of City employment, up to 30 calendar days (160 hours) of PPL, taken in full- day increments, in connection with the birth, adoption, or foster placement of a child, up to the age of seventeen (17).
  • Holidays – Eleven (11) designated holidays per year plus four (4) personal holidays to be used at the employee’s discretion.
  • Health Insurance – Two medical plans are available: HMO or PPO. The City pays major portion of the premium for employee and dependents depending on the health/dental plan selected.
  • Dental Insurance – Two dental plans are available for employees and dependents: HMO or PPO.
  • Vision – Comprehensive exams covered every 12 months with discounts on exams and on glasses/ contacts.
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA) – Optional election for employees to reduce taxable income for payment of allowable childcare or medical expenses.
  • Life Insurance – City-paid term life insurance policy.
  • Disability – City-paid short-term and long-term disability insurance.
  • Management Physical – Annual City-paid physical examination.
  • Deferred Compensation 457(b) Plan – City contributes $75 a month to a supplementary retirement savings program available through ICMA Retirement Corporation.
  • Bereavement Leave – Three days for death or critical illness of family member and three days of accrued sick leave if needed.
  • Monthly Transportation Allowance
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness – May be eligible.
  • Alternate Work Schedule – 9/80 (Alternate Fridays off).
  • Hybrid Work Program – Combination of in-office and telecommuting.

Requirements to File

  • Graduation from law school accredited by the ABA or the California Committee of Bar Examiners. A member of the California State Bar in good standing with no prior history of discipline.
  • Three years of legal experience working as an attorney.
  • A valid California Class C driver’s license.

Selection Procedure


  • Current and detailed knowledge of Municipal Law including administrative and civil proceedings. Clear and concise oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and ensure timely completion. 
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision or instruction.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook and Windows 10.
  • Ability to interact professionally with all levels of personnel.
  • Excellent attendance, professional appearance and demeanor.


  • Three years of general municipal law experience.
  • Experience in dealing with public contracting laws handling Pitchess Motions and law enforcement issues.
  • Experience working with police departments and/or police.

This is an “at-will” position. The appointed candidate will serve at the discretion of the City Attorney, and can be released at any time. In such an event, the candidate is not afforded the right to any appeal or grievance procedure under any rule or regulation of the City of Long Beach.


This recruitment will close at 4:30 PM (Pacific Time) on Tuesday, November 15, 2023. To be considered, applicants must submit a complete application packet which includes an online application, supplemental questionnaire, proof of degree(s), and a cover letter and resume in PDF format. The application, cover letter and resume should highlight all areas in which applicants have developed expertise, matching their professional experience as it relates to the position.

Incomplete application packets that clearly do not meet the minimum requirements will not be considered. The most qualified applicants will be invited to continue in the selection process.

In support of the City’s Language Access Policy, bilingual skills (Spanish, Khmer and/or Tagalog) are desirable for positions interacting with the public.

The City of Long Beach is committed to creating a workplace where every employee is valued for who they are. Having our workforce reflect the diversity of our community at various levels of the organization is a continuous goal embraced by our departments, management staff, and policymakers. To support efforts of fairness and diversity, City Leadership is committed to incorporating equity and inclusion into our work by supporting staff and community partners. We are committed to promoting transparency by publishing updated demographic information for employees, including workforce diversity data and pay by race and gender.

This information is available in an alternative format by request at (562) 570-2200. If special accommodation is desired, please contact the Office of the City Attorney two (2) business days prior to the interview(s) at (562) 570-2200.

The City of Long Beach is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you have questions about this recruitment, please email For technical support with application, contact (855) 524-5627.