Website City of Ashland
The City of Ashland, Oregon (population 21,607) is recruiting its next City Attorney. Ashland is nestled in the foothills of the Siskiyou Mountains just north of the California border and is known for its stunning natural beauty, world-class theater, thriving arts scene, outdoor recreation opportunities, and surrounding wine country.
The City Attorney serves as the chief legal advisor on all City matters with specific duties and responsibilities set out in Chapter 2 of the Ashland Municipal Code including:
Legal Duties: Prosecutes and defends for the City all actions at law or in equity, and all special proceedings for or against the City. Commences any legal proceedings when directed to do so by the City Manager or City Council and shall give legal advice, in writing, to the Mayor, the City Council, the City Manager, Department Heads, and boards and commissions when requested.
Responsibilities to the Council: Prepare ordinances, resolutions, contracts, or other instruments requested by Council or the City Manager, and attend all Council meetings and other committee/commission meetings when requested to do so by the Mayor, the Council, or City Manager.
Ex Officio Duties: With respect to criminal proceedings in the Municipal Court, the City Attorney acts as Ex Officio prosecuting attorney.
The City Attorney position requires a law degree from an accredited school of law, active membership in good standing with the Oregon State Bar, a minimum of five years’ experience as a practicing attorney in a public sector environment. Any satisfactory equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the job proficiently may substitute for the above requirements.
The City prefers a candidate with at least three years’ experience serving in a City Attorney role, either as an employee or a contractor, reporting to a city council/commission in Oregon. In addition, specific experience and expertise in land use, municipal finance, public contracting, employment/labor relations, telecommunications, municipal housing policy, and houselessness issues is preferred.
Compensation: $125,660-$180,000 (DOQ) plus excellent benefits. An additional up to $20,000 relocation reimbursement is available.
Candidates are strongly encouraged to review additional information on the following link: www.jensenstrategies.com/recruitment/ashlandcityattorney
To be considered, candidates must submit by email the following completed application materials to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Sunday, October 1, 2023.
(1) concise cover letter summarizing relevant background and qualifications for the position in PDF or Word format;
(2) resume in PDF or Word format;
(3) a Supplemental Application Form* in PDF or Word format;
and, if applicable,
(4) [Military Veterans Only]: a completed and signed Oregon Veteran’s Preference form* in PDF or Word format, with supporting documentation.
* Forms available at www.jensenstrategies.com/recruitment/ashlandcityattorney.
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The City of Ashland is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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