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ABOUT MERCER ISLAND
Just over five miles long and two miles wide, Mercer Island is an island community consisting of high-quality residential areas, preserved parks and open space, as well as miles of developed shoreline. Incorporated in July 1960, the Island has its own sense of identity, distinct from its neighbors, Seattle and Bellevue. It is just 10 minutes from downtown Seattle via the Interstate 90 floating bridge, and a similar distance from the burgeoning businesses and high-density residential communities of the Eastside. While the Island is primarily a residential community, Mercer Island has a northern Town Center providing plazas, public art, shops, and restaurants.
City-owned land, including over 500 acres of local parks and other open space land, has helped maintain the Islands natural beauty over the years. Quiet neighborhoods and forest-like parks are complemented by panoramic views of Seattle, the Cascade Mountains, Mount Rainier, and Lake Washington, making Mercer Island a stunning area in which to live.
In 2018, Money Magazine named Mercer Island the Best Place to Live in Washington and 89th on the magazines list of 100 Best Places to Live. It noted Mercer Island's small town feel and natural beauty, the City's well-maintained parks, miles of scenic shoreline, and special community events that draw residents to the popular Town Center.
Learn more by visiting the official site of the City of Mercer Island, Washington www.mercergov.org
ABOUT THE CITY AND THE POSITION
The City of Mercer Island is a Council/Manager form of government with seven City Councilmembers, who are all elected at large. Mercer Island is a full-service city providing a broad range of municipal services including Police and Fire protection, Community Planning and Development, Parks and Recreation, Water, Sewer and Stormwater utilities, Human Services, and Administrative and Financial services. Mercer Island has an adopted 2019-2020 biennial budget of $143.2 million.
City Manager Julie Underwood was appointed to the position in January 2017 and oversees the Leadership Team, comprised of 13 executive-level employees, including 10 department directors. There are a variety of boards and commissions, including the Disability Board, Arts Council, Civil Service Commission, Planning Commission, Design Commission, Utility Board, Open Space Conservancy Trust Board, and Parks & Recreation Commission, which all advise the City Council in the development and formulation of the Citys policy and priorities.
The City employs approximately 200 full-time and 60 part-time employees. Ninety of the 200 employees are unrepresented and the remaining employees are represented by one of four union groups: Police, Police Support, Fire, and AFSCME.
The Mercer Island organization prides itself on communicating and working cooperatively with residents and volunteers and collaborating with community groups effectively. Our well-established Mission Statement includes four core values: 1) High ethical standards, 2) Outstanding customer service, 3) Teamwork and 4) Leadership development.
ABOUT THE CANDIDATE
The City Attorney position has three critical functions at the City. The City Attorney (1) acts as an internal service consultant and advisor to the Leadership Team, the City Council and other City staff, (2) manages the day-to-day administration of the City Attorneys Office, and (3) assists the City Manager with managing the legal aspects related to top policy objectives and initiatives of the City Council. The City Attorney is the primary individual who, working with the City Manager and other Leadership Team Members, ensures that details are legally accurate and relevant for those projects and presentations placed before the City Council for consideration.
The City Attorney Department consists of the following positions: City Attorney, Assistant City Attorney, and a Paralegal/Public Records Officer. Prosecutorial services are currently contracted out but managed by the City Attorneys Office. The City Attorney serves as the primary legal advisor to the City Manager, the various Department Directors, and the City Council.
Specifically, the City Attorney is responsible for:
The requirements of this position call for substantial experience in municipal law working in a senior level position. It is preferable that candidates have extensive public forum exposure requiring the strongest of communications and management skills. Specific experience in managing a legal department is strongly preferred. Candidates must have management and leadership presence, well developed decision-making and follow-up abilities and be able to function in a team-oriented environment. Assistance to and continuous exposure in dealing with City Council, Boards/Commissions, civic and resident groups will require high levels of patience. The ability to effectively manage multiple, and sometimes competing priorities as well as lead and motivate team members is essential.
The successful candidate will have outstanding verbal and written communication skills. The position requires an individual who also possesses a willingness to identify problems and demonstrates the flexibility to address changes in the law in a timely and effective manner. The successful candidate must display a confident personal image and level of sophistication that will allow him/her to effectively serve in a variety of social and political settings. The new City Attorney will possess a balance of assertiveness and diplomacy, be a good listener, fair-minded, and be willing to discuss various matters candidly. This position requires a person capable of operating with significant independence and initiative, while being adept at innovative problem-solving. This is a position of public trust; personal integrity and ethics must be beyond reproach.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
$165,000 - $172,000, dependent upon experience
Medical / Dental / Vision / Life / LTD insurance
200 Hours of Vacation Leave and monthly earned Sick Leave
11 Paid Holidays
PERS, RHS, and Deferred Compensation
HOW TO APPLY
The City of Mercer Island is an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate, and values diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Qualified candidates will be required to submit a cover letter, and resume.
Following the filing date, resumes will be screened in relation to the criteria outlined in this brochure. Prior to selecting finalists for the interview process, candidates who meet the minimum criteria may be asked to answer a series of supplemental questions. Finalists will then be identified for the interview process targeted for mid-June.
For more information, contact Kryss Segle, Human Resources Director at (206) ###-#### or ...@mercergov.org. Please do not send resumes to this email address.
A comprehensive reference check will occur for the top candidates following the interview process. Prior to being hired, the candidate will be subject to a criminal history/background check.
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Mercer Island is an Equal Opportunity Employer and
values diversity at all levels of its workforce.
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