City of Napa
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Job Description

The City of Napa is seeking an experienced legal strategist to serve as its new City Attorney. This position is the result of the recent retirement of a long-standing and highly regarded professional. Under the direction of the City Council, this key contributor manages all legal activities, including civil litigation, utilizing a combination of in-house staff and outside counsel for various specialty areas including overflow of special assignments and projects. The City Attorney will also provide leadership and accountability for the hiring and retention of new attorneys as well as mentorship and general guidance on best practices, processes, and procedures. This position is well-suited to an experienced municipal generalist with a solid understanding of the broad range of legal matters to include land use and planning; CEQA; public finance; personnel/labor relations; public works (including infrastructure); public contracts and bidding; development; and the drafting of ordinances, ballot initiatives, and resolutions. 

Significant and preferably broad experience as a municipal attorney in California is required. Qualifying experience may be gained working directly for a city, county government organization, or other similar government entity. Other qualifying experience may include working for a private municipal law firm if primary focus has been providing similar legal advice and counsel to government entities. Juris Doctorate from an accredited law and active membership in the State Bar of California is required. 

The salary for this at-will position of the City Attorney is up to $268,137. In addition to executive level benefits, the City Council will also include moving and relocation and temporary housing assistance to the selected candidate. A mutually agreed upon employment agreement will be offered for this position with a start date that is flexible to ensure a smooth transition to the City of Napa for the selected candidate. 

Candidates are required to submit a comprehensive résumé and a compelling cover letter by Monday, July 22, 2024. Electronic submittals may be sent to: apply@ralphandersen.com. Confidential inquiries should be directed to Ms. Heather Renschler, Ralph Andersen & Associates at (916) 630-4900 or request an appointment to discuss further by contacting scheduling@ralphandersen.com.

Detailed brochure available at www.ralphandersen.com/jobs/city-attorney-napa-ca/.