CITY OF PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIa CITY attorney - Bob Murray ...

CITY OF PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIa CITY attorney - Bob Murray ...









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

Long regarded

as the birthplace of

Silicon Valley, Palo Alto

remains at the forefront

of innovation.

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

outside counsel.



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

employee contribution

of 7%. Palo Alto

does not participate in

Social Security.

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 to

apply online.

Filing Deadline:

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


(916) 784-9080.

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