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.
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
Mayor / City Council
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.
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.
Bloomington City Attorney
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
• Experience negotiating contracts involving complex
real estate development, tax increment financing and
Bloomington is seeking an individual to lead the Attorney’s
Office who has a brilliant, world-view mind and a desire to
collaborate across departments and the organization. He or she
will approach issues with a creative, open mind in an effort to
incorporate other ideas into the outcomes. They 65 will have a deep
passion for the role of the Department, mission of the City and
management’s commitment 610 to achieve a High Performance
Organization. GROVE Other characteristics the City PARKseeks include:
• Approachable, accessible
• A great listener 694 with an ability to receive FRIDLEY feedback on the
best interests of the whole organization 694
• A progressive mindset, willing to think 47 creatively
• Demonstrates HOPE trust CRYSTAL
of others 94
• A genuine care and concern for the well-being of the
Department staff GOLDEN
• A bridge-builder who is even-keeled
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
• 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
around the City
• Become familiar with and engaged in the multiple
• Set an “open door” tone for the Department
• Engage in the process of establishing a new courthouse
in the area
• Review what technical upgrades might be useful to
Email resume, cover letter and five references to
BloomCA@hue.life by 05/23/16. Please direct questions to
Richard Fursman at email@example.com
(651) 338-2533. For additional information about the City, visit:
$127,000 - $153,000, plus full benefits package
Process 55 Timeline
Application Deadline: May 23
Progress Report: 52 June 3
Interview Dates: June 22 - 23
Start Date: Late July