CITY OF CONCORD, CA CITY ATTORNEY

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CITY OF CONCORD, CA CITY ATTORNEY

CITY OF

CONCORD, CA

INVITES YOUR

INTEREST IN

THE POSITION OF

CITY

ATTORNEY


Concord, California

is located 29 miles east

THE COMMUNITY

of San Francisco, adjacent

Concord, California is located 29 miles to beautiful Mt. Diablo.

east of San Francisco, adjacent to beautiful

Mt. Diablo. With 122,000 residents, it

is the largest city in Contra Costa County

and covers 31.13 square miles. Concord offers

a range of housing options and prices, from apartments

to executive residences. Neighborhoods are important to the city’s

family-oriented lifestyle, which balances Concord’s gracious early

California heritage with well-planned development. Quiet neighborhoods,

numerous parks and large preserves of open space add to the

quality of life for all residents.

Concord’s central location east of the San Francisco Bay offers easy

access to many of Northern California’s most scenic and desirable areas

including the coastal redwood forests of Marin County, the wineries of

Napa and Sonoma Valley, the rugged coastlines of Monterey and Sonoma

County, and the astonishing beauty of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) high-speed trains, local bus services, and

ferries provide important links to San Francisco, the peninsula, Oakland,

East Bay, and the Silicon Valley. Amtrak and international airports provide

convenient transportation options beyond the local area. A dynamic, high-rise

business core, regional shopping centers, and a vibrant, entertainment-driven

downtown have created a growing and sustainable economy. Downtown

Concord offers many opportunities for dining, shopping and entertainment,

as well as a thriving environment for business. A significant number of major

corporations and technology-based companies have chosen to locate in

Concord, citing a well-educated workforce, convenient location, and

employee amenities as driving factors.

Concord is one of America’s top 20 “Kid Friendly” suburban cities, with

nationally-recognized youth swimming, gymnastics, baseball, boxing,

wrestling, softball and soccer programs and a Recreation After-School

Program (RAP) for middle school students. Families enjoy

a wealth of recreational options,

from golfing and hiking to

youth and adult sports

leagues. Named “Tree

City USA” for 29 years,

the City of Concord

has long been known

for its extensive park

system that offers something for

everyone, from toddlers to active

seniors. The City has 31 parks consisting

of 367 acres of developed

parkland, and Concord and the

surrounding Mt. Diablo foothills

boast 685 acres of open space for

residents and visitors to enjoy. Trails

for hiking, biking, and equestrian

uses wind through Concord and

connect to existing regional trail

networks, including those in Mt.

Diablo State Park.

In 2005, the U.S. Navy announced

the closure of the inland portion of

the former Concord Naval Weapons

Station, consisting of over 5,000

acres of mostly undeveloped land.

In 2010, Concord’s City Council

approved a plan for the future civilian

reuse of this site for a variety of land

uses, including transit-oriented development,

residential neighborhoods,

commercial development, parks,

and open spaces. The City is moving

forward with consideration of an Area

Plan that would incorporate the community’s

vision for this property into

the Concord General Plan; ultimately,

the City expects to collaborate with

the Navy in formulating a plan for

property disposition.

THE

ORGANIZATION

Concord is a General Law city and

operates under a Council/Manager

form of government. The five-member

City Council appoints the City Manager

and City Attorney; the City Treasurer

is directly elected. Through long-range

planning including development and


use of a ten-year financial

plan, the City has the ability

to project and plan for its

financial needs and responds

quickly to new

challenges. Concord is a

full-service city providing

police, community development,

public works, and

parks and recreation services

along with internal management

support services.

ISSUES AND

OPPORTUNITIES

As the reuse of the Naval Weapons Station development project continues

to proceed, land use and development review related to this project will

require significant attention for the City in the coming years.

Like many California cities, Concord has experienced reductions in revenues

as well as the loss of redevelopment agency funds. The City has recently

faced lawsuits in regard to employee issues. It is expected that employee

relations and risk management will be areas that will require the new City

Attorney’s attention for resolution and on-going training of City staff.

THE DEPARTMENT

The City Attorney’s Office provides high-quality legal

representation to Council members, appointees to

City Boards and Commissions, and City staff, as well

as implements the City’s policy objectives and administrative

programs to promote the economic and social

wellbeing of the Concord community in a manner

consistent with applicable legal requirements. The City

Attorney is appointed by the City Council and is supported

by a full-time staff of three: one Senior Assistant City

Attorney, one Assistant City Attorney, and one Paralegal.

Operating with a FY 2011-12 budget of $970,000, the City

Attorney’s Office provides legal services in the areas of claims

processing; liability defense; management of the Risk Management/

General Liability Internal Service Fund; municipal code violation

prosecution; ordinance, resolution, and contract preparation;

local reuse authority representation; and redevelopment

agency representation. Select, significant litigation and

The ideal candidate

will demonstrate a commitment

to defending the City in a wide

variety of litigation matters,

with responsibilities including

management, oversight, and

coordination of outside

counsel when necessary.

other matters requiring specialized

legal expertise are referred to outside

counsel operating under the supervision

of the City Attorney’s Office.

THE IDEAL

CANDIDATE

The Concord City Council seeks

an exceptional attorney with demonstrated

expertise in municipal

law, particularly in the areas of land

use, development, personnel law,

risk management, litigation, contract

development and review, and open

meetings law. Candidates for this

position should be willing to exercise

independent judgment and initiative,

always keeping the best interests of

Concord, its residents, and the organization

paramount. The City Council

seeks an advisor and partner with

an aptitude for strategic planning,

forecasting, and creative problemsolving.

The ability to effectively

and sensitively communicate

in a political context is

of particular desirability,

especially in circumstances

where the

legality of planned

action is in question.

The Council seeks an

open, transparent, and

collaborative individual who

will work closely with the

Council, City Manager, and department

heads to proactively address

challenges and opportunities city-wide

and to guide City personnel regarding

pertinent legal issues. As a member

of the City’s Executive Team, the

ideal candidate will work closely on


a day-to-day basis with the City Manager and other

department heads to advance the Council’s work plan and

goals. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a commitment

to defending the City in a wide variety of litigation matters,

with responsibilities including management, oversight, and

coordination of outside counsel when necessary. The successful

candidate will have a demonstrated background in mentoring and

managing staff and be skilled at creating and maintaining a team

oriented, problem solving environment.

THE COMPENSATION

The salary for the City Attorney is open and dependent upon qualifications.

The City also offers an attractive benefits package including:

Retirement – CalPERS 2% @ 55 formula based on final years’ compensation;

employee contribution is currently 5%. The City also offers

Employer Paid Member Contribution (EPMC) as part of final retirement

compensation and participates in Social Security and Medicare.

Health Insurance – Concord provides PERS Health that includes a

variety of plans from which to choose. The City currently pays up to 94%

of the Kaiser rate for employees and their eligible dependents; employees will

contribute 50% of future adjustments in the Kaiser rate. A cash benefit may

be paid in lieu of coverage if the candidate has coverage from another source.

Dental and Vision Insurance – Employees and eligible dependents

are covered by a dental plan that includes orthodontics. The City pays

premiums for employees and their eligible dependents. An optional,

employee-paid vision plan is also available.

Other Insurance – City-paid Life Insurance benefit with coverage at

twice the employee’s annual salary up to $400,000; City-paid Shortand

Long-Term Disability insurance coverage at two-thirds of monthly

salary up to $5,000.

Vacation Leave – Initial bank and accrual of vacation leave is negotiable.

Administrative Leave – 80

hours per fiscal year.

The City also offers

an Employee Assistance

Program.

TO APPLY

If you are interested in this outstanding

opportunity, please visit our website

at www.bobmurrayassoc.com to apply

online.

Filing Deadline:

April 27, 2012

Following the closing date, resumes

will be screened according to the

qualifications outlined above. 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 Concord. 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

at:

(916) 784-9080

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