City Attorney - Durango, Colorado

$175,000 - $200,000 yearly
  • Baker Tilly
  • Durango, CO, USA
  • Jan 05, 2023
Full time Legal

Job Description

The City of Durango, Colorado (pop. 19,500), is located along the Animas River in southwestern Colorado at the foot of the San Juan Mountains and east of Mesa Verde National Park. Durango is in the four corners region of the United States and offers residents a dense suburban feel with stunning natural surroundings, rugged geography, and world class recreational opportunities.

Durango is seeking a City Attorney to serve as chief legal advisor to the City Council and city departments; and to provide legal representation for the City, its Council, agents, committees, and departments. The City Attorney is appointed by the City Council and will oversee a department operating budget of $610,000.

The starting salary range for this position will be $175,000 to $200,000. The City offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurance, 401(a) retirement plan, 457(b) deferred compensation plan, PTO, paid holidays, emergency leave, volunteer program, basic life & AD&D, short- and long-term disability, flexible spending account, employee assistance program, wellness program, and transit pass. Relocation expenses are negotiable.

The selected candidate must hold a Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school and have a minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in the practice of law, including five years of municipal experience and supervisory experience over attorneys and other legal positions. Any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to complete the essential functions of the position will be considered. To be considered for the position of City Attorney, applicants must be licensed to practice law in Colorado. Preferred qualifications include legal management experience in a growing city comparable to the City of Durango in size and complexity; licensed to practice in Federal Court; experience in outsourcing legal services; and a record of participation and professional networking in legal associations as they benefit the City.

Qualified candidates please submit your cover letter and resume online at:

This position is open until filled; however, interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply no later than February 6, 2023. For more information, please contact (312) 240-3401 or (214) 842-6478.  

For more information about Durango, visit

The City of Durango is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.