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Date: Aug 2, 2019

Location: BRADENTON, FL, US, 34203

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Requisition No: 70589 

Agency: Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle

Working Title: ASSISTANT GENERAL COUNSEL - 76002425 1

Position Number: 76002425 

Salary:  $61,000.00 - $69,000.00 Annually 

Posting Closing Date: 09/02/2019 

Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

Office of Executive Director



 In order to be considered for this position, applicant responses to qualifying questions must be clearly stated within the employment history.  Software systems and actual work experience, years of employment, hours worked per week must be clearly defined, or the application may not be considered for the position.


Assistant General Counsel

 $61,000.00 - $69,000.00 Annually  

Note: Salary may vary based on qualifications and experience.

Contact Person: Rich Coln, RichardColn@FLHSMV.GOV


The Organization

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) provide highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement. With a workforce of approximately 4,500 employees throughout the state, the Department is leading the way to A Safer Florida through the efficient and professional execution of its core mission: the issuance of driver licenses, vehicle tags and titles, and operation of the Florida Highway Patrol.

Our Benefits include

  • Annual and Sick Leave Package
  • Nine Paid Holidays
  • State Health and Life Insurance
  • Educational Benefits
  • Contributory Retirement Plan

To learn more about DHSMV and why it’s a great place to work, visit our website at:


Description of Job

This position serves as a Troop Legal Advisor (TLA) to the Florida Highway Patrol Troop F, and Assistant General Counsel to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. This position requires providing legal advice and training to FHP members. An ideal candidate will possess litigation experience, be comfortable in a courtroom setting, and be able to think quickly. A TLA is required to handle a variety of matters, including prosecution of traffic infraction hearings, civil asset forfeiture, monitor claims litigation, and other administrative hearings as needed. An ideal candidate will have an outgoing personality, should possess excellent interpersonal skills, and will be able to easily relate to other people (especially law enforcement officers). This position includes a training aspect, thus, the ability to communicate effectively with non-lawyers is very important. The ability to self-motivate is essential, since a TLA often works solo in the field and may be called upon after-hours. The TLA will communicate regularly with members of the Office of General Counsel by video conference and frequent meetings and must possess good office computing skills. This position is located at the Troop F Headquarters in Bradenton, so the TLA will need to live within a reasonable distance or may relocate to the Bradenton area once hired.  Troop F encompasses Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, Collier, Hendry, Glades, Desoto, Highlands, and Hardee Counties. The TLA will be required to integrate and develop solid working relationships with law enforcement personnel at all levels of the agency, local state attorneys, sheriffs, and other local police and government agencies within the Troop F boundaries. This will necessitate conducting ride-alongs, attending sworn personnel training, and travel within the Troop and state. An ideal candidate will also be familiar with and be able to review warrants for PC, facilitate the legal aspects of court ordered evidence destruction, and answer questions on a wide range of legal topics. This position touches numerous areas of the law and is rewarding for a person who enjoys working on different matters each day.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Florida licensed attorney with a preferred five (5) years of legal experience.  Must have a minimum of three (3) years of experience as a prosecutor.
  • Supervisory experience of other attorneys a plus.
  • Training experience a plus.


Special Note

  • The selected applicant must be a member of The Florida Bar in good standing.
  • The selected applicant must pass a Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) criminal history background check.
  • This position requires the incumbent to have and maintain a valid driver’s license in good standing. A driver’s license history review will be conducted on all candidates in consideration for the position.
  • Travel is required.


General Information

The elements of the selection process may include a skill assessment and/or oral interview.

Applicants being considered for employment will be required to submit to a fingerprint-based background investigation, which will include a check of the criminal history records of the FBI.

The process for selecting applicant(s) for this position could take up to six months.  Following the six-month period, a new application must be submitted to an open advertisement in order to be considered for that vacancy.

HSMV employees are paid once a month on the last workday of each month.  All state employees are required to participate in the direct deposit program pursuant to s. 110.113 Florida Statutes.   

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

Nearest Major Market: Sarasota
Nearest Secondary Market: Bradenton