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Position Profile

City Attorney

City Profile

Bloomington is among the best of Minnesota’s cities. From

its founding as a farming community in 1858, Bloomington has

blossomed into a dynamic urban center with more than 86,000

residents and 90,000 employees. Major industries include retail

and entertainment, hotel and restaurant, health maintenance

and computer manufacturing.

Located in the southern Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan

area, Bloomington is home to some of the best shopping and

entertainment opportunities in the country, with the Mall of

America making the city one of the top tourist destinations in

the nation. The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport lies

directly north of the city. Light rail transit connects the South

Loop District, which contains the Mall of America, to the airport

and downtown Minneapolis.

Some of Bloomington’s major employers include the Mall of

America; HealthPartners; Seagate Technology; Wells Fargo Bank

Minnesota, NA; NCS Pearson, Inc; Donaldson Company; the Toro

Company and Express Scripts.

There are almost 9,000 acres of parkland and open space

in Bloomington, of which approximately 3,500 acres are City

owned. More than 36 percent of the City’s 38 square miles

are parkland or open space. The extensive park system in

Bloomington provides a comprehensive array of parks, arts,

recreation, leisure and cultural programs to a diverse population

with differing recreational needs.

Residents and businesses are pleased with Bloomington’s

quality of life according to annual surveys conducted by an

independent research firm. About 9 out of 10 respondents rated

the overall quality of life in Bloomington as excellent or good.

To ensure that Bloomington remains at its best, the City

is committed to the continual building and renewal of the

community by addressing the challenges of redeveloping

commercial areas and residential neighborhoods, and by

improving the transportation system. The City can accomplish

these goals because it has a vision, Imagine Bloomington 2025,

and the ability and the resources to carry it out.

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City of Bloomington

The City of Bloomington operates under a Home Rule

Charter Council-Manager form of government. Leadership

of the City of Bloomington is recognized for its stability

and sophistication. Four members of the City Council were

recently re-elected including the Mayor, who will be serving

his fifth four-year term. Bloomington’s current City Manager

began in February 2015 and is only the third city manager in

the past 50 years.

Bloomington has 650 full- and part-time employees.

The City strives to provide high quality services. Residents

continue to rank these services highly, according to the

annual citizen survey. In 2015, 86 percent of residents scored

City services as excellent or good, placing Bloomington in

the upper 20 percent of all jurisdictions polled nationwide.

Fiscally, the City ranks among a few elite cities in the U.S.

that hold three triple-A bond ratings from Standard & Poor’s,

Moody’s and Fitch. Only 32 cities across the country have

comparable bond ratings.

People of Bloomington

Commissions

Mayor / City Council

City Manager

Community Development

Community Services

Finance

Fire

Human Resources

Legal

Police

Public Works

Technical Services

Authorities

Organizational Culture

The City of Bloomington is embracing the concept of

a High Performance Organization (HPO). City Manager

Jamie Verbrugge and the executive team are building a

culture that engages employees and encourages leadership

at all levels. Everyone in the organization is encouraged

to contribute their ideas and take on leadership roles in

their respective work areas and across the organization.

Additionally, the concept of HPO reaches beyond employees

to engaging with the public. The City partners with the

community and seeks continuous input on its direction.

The City Attorney will be expected to play an integral

role as part of the executive team to help develop the

organizational culture and expand community outreach.

The City Manager also looks to the City Attorney to be

an active participant in policy formation and strategic

thinking. The new attorney is encouraged to look for ways

to add value to the position and to be an innovative leader

in the organization and community.

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The Legal Department

There are two distinct roles in the office: prosecution

and civil. The four prosecutors routinely share the workload

with each other, picking up cases when another needs

help. They work closely and have an excellent working

relationship with the Police Department. Having Police and

Prosecution under the same roof at Bloomington Civic Plaza

has helped create a true sense of team that handles more

than 6,000 cases per year.

There are two civil attorneys whose primary clients

are City staff. The civil attorneys are supported by the

paralegals. Every department is touched by the Attorney’s

Office whether it is contract review, zoning issues, advanced

employee discipline, development agreements, eminent

domain, lawsuits, neighborhood disputes and much more.

The civil attorneys also have paralegal and other staff

support to assist with the workload and communication.

The support staff consists of two paralegals, two

prosecution assistants and an office assistant at the front

desk. Support staff is supervised by the legal paralegal.

Attorney’s Office Culture

The Attorney’s Office is renowned for excellent legal

representation. The team takes great pride in producing

well-researched opinions, contracts and prosecution cases.

The team routinely puts in extra time and effort to ensure

caseloads are handled timely and professionally. The staff

members operate with a great deal of autonomy as they are

talented, self-motivated and seasoned professionals. They

have developed a “family” type of relationship that is tight

and supportive. The central role of the City Attorney has been

to set the tone of the Department and to provide guidance on

particularly difficult cases.

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Bloomington City Attorney

Position

Qualifications

Candidates for the City Attorney will have a current license

to practice law in the state of Minnesota with a minimum of five

years’ experience as a practicing attorney, including municipal

law or a closely related field.

Desired qualifications and/or experience

• Experience supervising other lawyers in a public sector

environment

• Experience negotiating contracts involving complex

real estate development, tax increment financing and

public-private partnerships

Leadership Characteristics

Bloomington is seeking an individual to lead the Attorney’s

Office who has a brilliant, world-view mind and a desire to

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collaborate across departments and the organization. He or she

will approach issues with a creative, open mind in an effort to

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The new City Attorney will need to spend a significant

amount of time absorbing the wide variety of projects, services

and cases handled by the office. After careful review, there may

be opportunities to enhance services, broaden expectations,

and move the Department toward a more active role in the

community and organization. The City is also working with

Hennepin County on the construction of a new courthouse close

to City Hall. Some of the immediate activities anticipated for the

new City Attorney include:

• Get to know the Department caseload and staff, gaining

understanding of individual and group strengths

and weaknesses

• Review office and client procedures

• Review contracted legal services

• Participate in the budget review process for 2017-2018

• Meet with each of the City’s departments and learn

their needs and expectations

• Forge strong working relationships with internal clients,

building a reputation for quality, timely service

• Engage in community conversations that will be happening

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• Become familiar with and engaged in the multiple

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Email resume, cover letter and five references to

BloomCA@hue.life by 05/23/16. Please direct questions to

Richard Fursman at richardfursman@gmail.com

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(651) 338-2533. For additional information about the City, visit:

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$127,000 - $153,000, plus full benefits package

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