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Date: Mar 27, 2021

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32399

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Requisition No: 300986 

Agency: Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle

Working Title: ASSISTANT GENERAL COUNSEL - 76005264

Position Number: 76005264 

Salary:  $61,000.08 - $69,000.00 Annually 

Posting Closing Date: 04/17/2021 

Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

Office of Executive Director

Office of the General Counsel


*Open Competitive Opportunity*


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 (Class Title: Senior Attorney) 


Salary Range: $61,000.08 - $69,000.00 Annually

(Salary may vary based on qualifications and experience)



Richard Coln

Chief Counsel

(407) 768-6500


The Organization

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) provides highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement.  With a workforce of over 4,300 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 visit our website at


Job Description

This position entails serving as a legal advisor to the Florida Highway Patrol Troop H, 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 criminal litigation experience as a prosecutor, be comfortable in a courtroom setting, and be able to think on their feet. A Troop Legal Advisor (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 important. The ideal candidate will communicate regularly with members of the Office of the General Counsel by video conference and frequent meetings. Overnight travel is required. This position is located within the Troop H headquarters in Tallahassee, so the candidate 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 agencies. This will necessitate conducting ride-alongs, attending sworn personnel training, and some travel within the 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.



  • Attorney with at least three (3) years of experience as an Assistant State Attorney
  • Supervisory experience of other attorneys a plus
  • Training experience a plus


Job Related Requirements

  • Active member of the Florida BAR in good standing.
  • Day and overnight travel are required.
  • A valid driver’s license.
  • The position you are applying is subject to a Level 2 background along with CJIS security clearance, to include fingerprinting as a condition of employment pursuant to Chapter 110.1127, 435 and 943, Florida Statutes.  As an applicant for positions requiring CJIS security clearance, you are required to disclose criminal records that have been sealed or expunged. 


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: Tallahassee