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11/29/2012 9:50:00 PM
Prescott City Attorney search generates 13 applications
Cindy Barks
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT - Interviews of applicants for the Prescott City Attorney post could be in the works in the next several weeks.

Prescott Human Resources Director Mary Jacobsen reported this week that members of the Prescott City Council have been reviewing the applications that the city received in its latest round of recruitment for the city attorney job.

The job, which the city posted in mid-October, generated 13 applications, Jacobsen said.

All met the city's minimum requirements for the job. While 10 of the applicants are currently practicing law in Arizona, three others are from out of state. Jacobsen said all of the applicants have the required certification from the Arizona State Bar Association.

City Council members likely will complete their review of the applications this week, Jacobsen said.

"By next week, we should have some kind of consensus on who they want to interview," she added.

If all goes as planned, Jacobsen said, the interviews could take place during the week of Dec. 9.

The current round of recruitment is the city's second try at replacing long-time City Attorney Gary Kidd, who retired this past summer.

Earlier this fall, the city offered the job to J. Lee Robbins - the council's top choice from the last round. But a family medical situation reportedly caused Robbins to turn down the job.

That prompted the city to begin the recruitment process again about a month and a half ago.

While the first posting listed the job at the $115,000-to-$125,000-per-year range, the latest listing increased the range to $120,000 to $135,000 per year.

The training and experience requirements remained the same: a law degree; 10 years experience practicing law; five years providing legal counsel to a local/state government; and active membership, in good standing, with the Arizona State Bar Association.

Since Kidd's departure in July, local attorney Eugene Neil has been filling in on an interim basis.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, December 01, 2012
Article comment by: Perry Mason

Lousy salary range for an attorney. No wonder they're getting such little interest and second rate applications. It will be interesting to see what kind of police chief applicants they get.

Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012
Article comment by: To the city attorney job applicants. Second time around.

Be careful. Be very careful.

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