Over the past 8 years, the commute has begun to take a toll on me. I reside in Greensboro, near downtown and would love to be able to end my commuting to and from Winston Salem for work. I know many of the assistant County Attorneys and believe I would be a good fit in this position. I hope you'll give my interest in this position serious consideration.
I managed a law office together with my associate, Joel Oakley, for over 20 years. Private practice, unrelated to practicing law, included but is not limited to personnel matters, payroll, accounting, banking records, building maintenance and tax matters. Folks employed by governmental employers I do not believe realized just how fortunate they have it to not have these additional burdens placed upon them. It was quite the experience ... in a good way.
Asst. County Attorney Lonnie Albright
Job Description for Sheriff's Office Attorney
I am assigned to the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office. I will endeavor to describe my duties in hopes the reader will gain an understanding of the duties involved of a Sheriff's Office attorney.
The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office is the second largest department/office in the County. The essential duties pertaining to the Sheriff's Office include but are not limited to: Application of principles of law and liability to situations at issue, perform any necessary legal research, evaluate whether a particular course of action is required, or prohibited, evaluate and quantify risks and benefits of each potential course of action; reach and describe conclusions regarding the wisdom of recommended course of action. When contacted regarding emergency situations requiring immediate response, must gather relevant information quickly and properly and expeditiously assess risks to the agency, individual officers and public and evaluate and provide immediate sound legal advice including, as requested, review and drafting search warrants. I am on call 24/7 for the Sheriff's Office.
Constant review of new laws and court decisions which apply to or are relevant to Sheriff's Office; analyze impact; determine best method of informing appropriate personnel in a timely fashion.
Review all lawsuits and claims against Sheriff's Office, participate in the development of defense strategy including settlement considerations, facilitate and/or participate in defense preparation; participate in some trials/court appearances. Keep Executive Command Staff fully apprised of standing of all litigation matters. Litigate Sheriff's Office matters in State and Federal Courts as of July 1, 2018. Represent the Sheriff's Office on unemployment compensation matters before the NC Department of Commerce. Respond to public records request in accord with the requirements of North Carolina's public records laws.
Review state law and state administrative code provisions mandating training, new legislation and court decisions. Review any reported matters with legal implications, review court orders and other court documents provided by Clerk of Court, Judges, attorneys and District Attorney's Office. Evaluate lawfulness of such documents and employee conduct involved in such directives; assess the degree of liability risk associated with any of the above situations.
Develop and present legal training to Sheriff's Office employees to reduce liability risks and to comply with legal requirements that improve job performance in high liability areas. Must provide legal and practical guidance in the development of effective written directives for employees of the Sheriff's Office. Additionally, present annual legal review to Sheriff's Office sworn officers as provided by the North Carolina Department of Justice and North Carolina Training and Standards and as a certified lecturer, instruct parts of the Detention Officer Certification Course.
Timely review all contracts pertaining to the Sheriff's Office operations including without limitation, provision of inmate medical services, food services, teacher contracts, polygraph services contracts together with numerous vendor contracts and leases for provision of many other goods and services to the Sheriff's Office. I draft specialty legal documents or memoranda as needed.
Maintain awareness of sensitive investigations and operations. Cultivate and maintain working relationships with a broad range of public officials, professional associations (NC Assoc of Police Attorneys) ( Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)) and public entities, and communicate effectively with all such persons and entities as needed.
Perform additional legal tasks assigned by the Sheriff in the Sheriff's discretion. Representation of the Sheriff's Office is a full time job in and of itself and consumes the majority of my work day.
I was in private practice in Greensboro for 26 years. During that time I practiced in criminal and civil forums. I practiced heavily in family law and was not a stranger to Child Support. At that time Angela Liverman was handling child support matters for the County. I have tried cases, jury and non-jury, in both State and Federal Court. I have experience in appellate cases as well in State and Federal Courts. I am licensed in North Carolina, US District Court in the Middle and Western Districts, US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court and have handled matters in all of them.
I was hired by the late Sheriff Paul H. Gibson as a Deputy Sheriff on the 15th day of May 2978. During my time there I worked in the Patrol Division and Detective Division assigned to Vice Narcotics. It was in the Vice Narcotics division where I had the pleasure of working with former Sheriff BJ Barnes. This experience has been helpful to me in my current position assigned to the Sheriff's Office as I have realistic conception of exactly what the young men and women in the trenches go through each and every day.
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