CITY OF PALO ALTO,
THE POSITION OF
Distinctive in every way, Palo Alto is known
as the global center of technology and innovation
where many world class businesses
have established corporate headquarters.
Home to Stanford and lively downtown and
shopping districts, varied natural landscape and easy
as the birthplace of
Silicon Valley, Palo Alto
remains at the forefront
accessibility from San Francisco or San Jose, Palo Alto offers a diverse
and exciting environment to explore. Locals and visitors alike enjoy the
variety of shopping, dining and cultural activities as well as over 50 miles
of nature hiking and biking trails; there’s truly something here for everyone.
Long regarded as the birthplace of Silicon Valley, Palo Alto remains at the
forefront of innovation. Many leaders of venture capital, start-up entrepreneurs,
and exciting companies make Palo Alto their corporate headquarters.
Companies like Facebook, VM Ware, Xerox, Tesla Motors, Skype,
Palo Alto Research Center, Hewlett Packard, Varian, Better Place, IDEO and
Institute for the Future are among the many innovative companies that call
Palo Alto home.
Unique among California cities, Palo Alto is a full-service municipality that
owns and operates its gas, electric, water, sewer, refuse and storm drainage
services at competitive rates for its customers. As befits the City known as the
“Birthplace of the Silicon Valley,” the City has developed a 40-mile dark fiber
ring for ultra-fast Internet access. Complementing its exciting and innovative
business community, Palo Alto’s residents are highly educated, politically
aware and culturally sophisticated. An abundance of local pride and numerous
neighborhood organizations contribute to Palo Alto’s charming historic
and upscale commercial and residential areas.
Characteristic of Palo Alto is the care taken to protect open space and parkland.
Palo Alto has a remarkable number of City-owned parks for its size (34
at last count) and nearly one-third of its 26 square miles is open space. Palo
Alto’s San Francisco Bay location and natural environment enhance the
quality of life residents enjoy. Stanford University with its cultural and educational
offerings adds to the vibrant, innate charm and beauty of Palo Alto,
as do its commercial districts, which include a lively downtown. Both day
and night, the City’s commercial streets are
alive with pedestrians enjoying the
many shops, restaurants, coffee
houses, bookstores and movie
houses the City has to
Palo Alto is a community of approximately
63,000 residents, and is also
home to more than 8,000 businesses
that employ more than 98,000 workers.
A blend of business and residential
areas anchored by a vibrant downtown
defines Palo Alto’s unique character.
A charming mixture of old and
new, Palo Alto’s tree-lined streets and
historic buildings reflect its California
heritage. At the same time, Palo Alto
is recognized worldwide as a leader
in technological innovation and development.
This exciting mix of tradition
and innovation makes Palo Alto an
extraordinary place in which to live,
work, learn and do business.
The City of Palo Alto, like most other
California cities, has experienced a
reduction in revenues due to the challenging
economic climate while its residents
continue to demand a high level
of service. Despite its economic challenges,
the City continues to deal with a broad
range of exciting, cutting-edge and complex
issues. Some of these challenges
include the negotiation, review and approval
of a major Stanford Hospital
and Lucile Packard Hospital renovation
and expansion; development of a “Fiber
to Premises” project to bring fiberoptic
technology into homes; numerous
issues related to the High-Speed Rail
project running through town and resulting
litigation; and ongoing pension
reform and labor issues.
As a global center for technology and
innovation, Palo Alto has an intelligent,
thoughtful, and highly engaged community
that cares about and enjoys
the environment. Additionally, the
City is dedicated to upholding strong
community partnerships and constructive
agreements with community
Palo Alto is a Charter City
and has a council-manager
form of government, which
provides for a professional
executive appointed by,
and responsible to, the
popularly-elected City Council.
The nine members of
the Palo Alto City Council are
elected at large for overlapping
four-year terms. The Council elects
a Mayor and Vice-Mayor from its members.
The City has an operating budget of $139 million in the General Fund and
$307 million in Enterprise funds. The City employs approximately 1,000
employees and operates 13 departments. The City has four Council Appointed
Officers: City Attorney, City Auditor, City Clerk and City Manager;
all other departments including Administrative Services, Human Resources,
Planning and Community Environment, Utilities, Community Services, Library,
Police, Fire, and Public Works report to the City Manager.
The City of Palo Alto is seeking an energetic, articulate and proactive
City Attorney who has demonstrated skills as a problem-solver.
The ideal candidate will evaluate and advise on issues objectively
and be willing to provide options and alternatives in
support of the City Council’s goals. The City is interested
in a candidate who can focus on process details yet retain
strategic vision. The successful candidate must be able to
work both collaboratively and independently while setting
a positive tone for the Department. The Council is
seeking a candidate who can work closely and effectively
with the City Manager in pursuit of the Council’s goals.
The ideal candidate for this position will have demonstrated
knowledge and competence in a variety of complex issues such as
labor and employee relations, land use and environmental issues,
contract development, negotiation, the utility regulatory environment,
emergency preparedness, and litigation, as well as an understanding
of issues related to the Brown Act. Palo Alto desires a
City Attorney who will be comfortable with a high degree of
community involvement and will work to maintain a positive
relationship with community groups and elected officials.
Candidates for this position must possess a Juris Doctorate
degree and be a member of the State Board of California.
The ideal candidate
will evaluate and advise
on issues objectively and be
willing to provide options and
alternatives in support of the
City Council’s goals.
A strong candidate will possess several
years of senior-level experience
as a generalist in a municipal or county
law office or a private firm providing
services to local governments. The
City is seeking a candidate who has
served as the top legal advisor to a
Council or Board of Supervisors or as
a deputy/assistant in a comparable or
larger jurisdiction. The successful candidate
will lead a staff of five attorneys
and four professionals as well as manage
The salary for Palo Alto’s City Attorney
is negotiable, depending upon
qualifications. The City also offers
a generous benefits package that includes:
Retirement – PERS 2%
@ 60, single highest
year. The City pays a
credit equal to 5%
of the employee’s
pay to offset a portion
of the required
of 7%. Palo Alto
does not participate in
Medical Insurance –
Employee can choose from
two HMO plans and one PPO Plan.
City currently pays 100% of the premium
for employee and eligible family
members through 2010. Employees will
begin contributing toward medical coverage
in early 2011. If eligible for another
employer-sponsored or association medical
plan, employee can waive coverage
and receive up to $783 per month in
lieu of medical insurance.
Dental and Vision – Coverage for employee and eligible
family members is provided.
Life Insurance – City provides coverage equal to annual
salary. Employee may also purchase supplemental life insurance
equal to 2 times annual salary.
Long Term Disability – Two-thirds of monthly salary up to a
maximum of $10,000. City pays the premium for the first $6,000 of
Holidays – 12 paid holidays per year.
Vacation – 120 hours accrued annually for the first eight years,
increasing periodically thereafter to 200 hours after 19 years with the
City of Palo Alto. Annual cash-out is possible.
Sick Leave – Accrued at the rate of 12 days per year. 20 hours per year
may be used for personal business.
Management Leave – 80 hours per year that can be taken as paid time,
deferred compensation, or cash out.
Deferred Compensation – The City contributes $1,250 per month to a
457 or 401(a) plan.
Auto Expense – $325 per month.
Professional Development – $1,500 available per year.
Flexible Spending Account (FSA) – The City provides $2,500 on an
annual basis to be allocated into a Section 125 Flexible Spending Account,
Deferred Compensation or Professional Development. In addition,
employee may contribute towards a Health Care FSA or Dependent Care
FSA through payroll deduction.
If you are interested in this outstanding
opportunity, please visit our website
at www.bobmurrayassoc.com to
December 10, 2010
Following the closing date, resumes
will be screened according to the
qualifications outlined on the previous
page. The most qualified candidates
will be invited to personal interviews
with Bob Murray and Associates. A
select group of candidates will be
asked to provide references once it is
anticipated that they may be recommended
as finalists. References will
be contacted only following candidate
approval. Finalist interviews will be
held with the City of Palo Alto. Candidates
will be advised of the status of
the recruitment following selection of
the City Attorney.
If you have any questions, please do
not hesitate to call Mr. Bob Murray