Human Resources

City Counselor

$10,490 - $15,735 per month

The City of Independence is actively seeking a City Counselor who will direct, supervise, and coordinate the administrative and professional legal work for the City. This is an active, working supervisor position of the Law Department.  The City Counselor will provide legal advice, guidance and representation to the City Council, City Management, all City department staff, boards and agencies of the City, including the oversight of the City’s Workers’ Compensation program.  Attendance of City Council and other board and agency meetings required, as well as the representation of the City at various functions such as delivering speeches at civic and business associates, meeting with influential community persons, and representatives of the press.  The City Counselor will perform other related duties as assigned.

Independence, located on the east side of the Kansas City metropolitan area, is a Charter City with a proud heritage since the first pioneers settled the town in 1872. The City has been known for its entrepreneurial spirit and “can do” attitude. Independence was the starting point for the California, Santa Fe and Oregon trails and was home to the country’s 33rd President, Harry S. Truman.  Today, the City continues to honor its historic roots while planning and growing for the future. The City recently adopted a strategic plan, Independence for All,  that outlines several bold goals and objectives that have energized the community to undertake ambitious projects to move the City forward.  Strong initiatives for restoring older commercial areas and residential neighborhoods along with new upscale retail development are providing exciting opportunities for the community. The City has been named a “Preserve America Community” and has three times been named an “All-America City” by the National Civic League. Residents enjoy this unique hometown heritage blended with contemporary amenities. As the fifth-largest city in Missouri with a population of 117,000, Independence is a unique, historic community possessing unlimited potential.

Minimum Qualifications:

*Juris Doctorate with ten years of progressively responsible experience, including municipal government legal experience and management of staff.

*Strong land use background and experience coordinating/directing outside counsel services.

*Strong oral and written communication skills and discretion, initiative and independent judgment within established guidelines.

*Experience with municipal utilities helpful but not required.

*Must have good organizational skills, ability to prioritize, meet deadlines and complete assignments with a minimum of direction.

*Requires ability to effectively speak before public groups and respond to questions.

*License to practice law in the state of Missouri (within 6 months of hire) and Federal Court.

*Valid driver’s license

*Drug testing, background check

Typical Working Conditions:  Work is performed in an office environment, conditions are typically moderately quiet.  While performing essential functions of this job the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, and talk or hear.

Apply online at or visit Human Resources, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 111 East Maple, Independence, MO 64050.  POSITION OPEN UNTIL FILLED.


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