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Date: Feb 15, 2019

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32399

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Requisition No: 49231 

Agency: Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle

Working Title: CHIEF LEGAL COUNSEL - 76003486

Position Number: 76003486 

Salary:  $80,000.00 - $90,000.00 Annually 

Posting Closing Date: 02/28/2019 

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

Office of Executive Director


This is a re-advertisement. Previous applicants need not reapply.


 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.


Chief Legal Counsel

$80,000.00 - $90,000.00 Annually  

Note: Salary may vary based on qualifications and experience.

Contact Person: Christie Utt, ChristieUtt@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

The Chief Counsel for Motor Vehicles is a supervisory position, requiring at least 7 years of supervisory experience.  This position requires extensive experience in civil, appellate and administrative litigation experience in the Division of Administrative Hearings (DOAH), and requires excellent writing and communication skills. This position also requires at least 7 years of litigation experience and/or 5 years of appellate experience.


Special Requirements:


  • 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.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Proficiency in civil, appellate, and administrative litigation. 
  • Possess excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Knowledge of Florida statues, Florida Administrative code, and federal laws, rules and regulations.
  • Knowledge of Legislative process.
  • Knowledge of rule making process.
  • Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.



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 pre-employment fingerprinting and background investigation.

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