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The City of Richmond is a richly diverse and dynamic community with a population of 110,000, enjoying 32 miles of shoreline on the east shore of San Francisco Bay. Home to one of the most diverse populations in the Bay Area, the city has substantial economic resources based on its affordability, central location in the Bay Area, and access to multimodal water, rail, transit, bus, and freeway transportation. Incorporated in 1905, the city is situated five miles north of Berkeley, and seven miles from downtown San Francisco. With more miles of Bay shoreline and more miles of San Francisco Bay Trail than any other Bay Area city, residents have many ways to enjoy the great weather and enchanting waterfront.
Position Summary
The diverse, and complex nature of the various legal considerations within the City of Richmond will provide the new City Attorney a tremendous professional opportunity to experience a once in a career contribution as a legal professional at the local government level.
Duties and Responsibilities
In reporting to and working closely with the City Council and city staff, the City Attorney will help address several unusual and sometimes high-profile matters in the areas of land use & development, environment, police reform, civil litigation, homelessness, and other key areas within the municipal legal environment. The key priorities associated with this role include two major and long-term development projects; Point Molate and Campus Bay. Both projects have long, contentious histories filled with litigation and divergent preferences. The new City Attorney will have an opportunity to evaluate the current level and nature of contracted legal services. This may require a higher level of transparency related to the need and usage of legal contractors along with a greater focus on budget tradeoffs associated with those services.
Qualifications and Prior Experience
The ideal candidate for this position is an experienced legal generalist, who is a consummate problem solver that operates with unquestioned ethics and integrity. This position requires three or more years of California experience in the practice of public/municipal law. A Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school with current membership in the California State Bar is also required. Experience at the City Attorney or Assistant City Attorney level and/or experience managing a team of lawyers is preferred.
How to Apply 
To be considered, please visit the Avery Associates Career Portal at to upload your letter of interest, resume and contact information including email addresses for five work-related references to Paul Kimura by April 15, 2022.
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