Chief Assistant City Attorney


 City of Alameda


 Invites your application for the position of…

Chief Assistant City Attorney


Application Deadline: 5:00PM on September 30, 2020


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The City of Alameda is a 10.6 square mile island community located in San Francisco Bay. Alameda is just seven miles east of San Francisco, and less than one mile west of the City of Oakland.  Alameda is a diverse community with a population of approximately 79,000.

According to Money Magazine, the City of Alameda compares favorably to the "best places to live" in America. That is, in part, due to the small town feel of this Bay Area island community. It also has a high median family income, a large number of educational institutions nearby, more than double the number of restaurants and libraries as the "best places average," excellent air quality, and better than average weather



In 1916, Alameda became a charter city and was one of six cities that were the first in California to adopt the Council-Manager form of government. Under this form, the City is governed by a five-member City Council. Programs and services are administered by a City Manager.

The City Council is elected on a non-partisan basis. Council members serve four-year staggered terms, with two Council members elected every two years. The Mayor is elected to serve a four-year term. The Mayor and Council members are elected at large, and subject to two elected term limits. The City Auditor and the City Treasurer are also elected by the voters. There are no term limits associated with these positions.

The Mayor and City Council are responsible for passing ordinances and policies; adopting the budget; appointing citizens to Boards and Commissions; and hiring the three Charter offices of City Manager, City Attorney, and City Clerk. As chief executive officer, the City Manager provides the leadership and organizational direction for the operation and management of all City departments. The City Manager implements the policies and ordinances of the City Council, overseeing operations of the City, and appointing the City’s department heads.



Organized under 14 departments, the City provides a broad range of services including police and fire protection; construction and maintenance of streets, parks, storm drains and other infrastructure; recreational and cultural activities, including a golf complex comprised of two 18-hole championship golf courses and one nine-hole executive course; and general government and administrative support services. Additionally, the City provides power to residents through its electric utility, Alameda Municipal Power (AMP). For more information, please go to:


The City Attorney’s Office strives to provide the highest level of legal representation to the City of Alameda. In house attorneys advise the City Council, City Manager, and City staff on the legal aspects of City actions, seeking to guide the City in achieving its objectives legally, ethically, and effectively.  They also conduct litigation on behalf of the City, seeking to vigorously, ethically, and justly advance the interests of the people of Alameda and the State of California. Examples of their work include:

  • Drafting, defending and enforcing the City’s Fair Housing, Tenant Protection and Rent Control Ordinances;
  • Establishing a first-in-Northern California City Prosecution unit to enforce state and local laws;
  • Handling complex civil litigation, including successfully resolving a decade long and multi-million dollar dispute involving Prop 26/218 issues and taking claims to advance the production of much needed housing in the City;
  • Regularly advise City decision makers on land use matters, and successfully defend land use decisions, including a recent trial court victory in a CEQA case which enhances the provision of housing and services for the homeless within the City;
  • Handle complicated real property transactions to advance redevelopment of the former Naval Air Station Alameda toward civilian uses;
  • Advise the City’s Public Utility Board and Alameda Municipal Power’s staff to ensure reliable and environmentally sustainable utility service to the City.


The Chief Assistant City Attorney is a management position within the City Attorney’s Office.  The Chief Assistant will assist the City Attorney in the oversight of the Office, will have primary responsibility to act for the City Attorney in the City Attorney’s absence, and will provide professional legal services to the City.

Depending on qualification and interest of the successful candidate, the Chief Assistant may engage in sophisticated policy and transactional matters, provide direction and counsel regarding sensitive labor and employment issues, and represent the City in complex litigation.

This position is expected to have diverse responsibilities under the supervision of the City Attorney. Responsibilities may include:

  • Litigating civil or criminal cases through jury or court trials and handle appeals through the State and/or Federal appellate process;
  • Assist in the management of the Office and direct supervision of some or all attorneys within the Office;
  • Work closely with the City Council, Mayor, City Manager and department heads on a wide range of municipal matters;
  • Represent the City Attorney in regular and special meetings of the City Council, and in meetings of City Boards and Commissions;
  • Provide legal counsel and representation in complex or sensitive labor, personnel and employee relations matters, including personnel administration and disciplinary actions;
  • Provide legal support for the development and implementation of policies, programs and initiatives to advance the priorities of the City Council;
  • Draft ordinances, resolutions, contracts, deeds, leases, and other legal documents and instruments;
  • Provide legal training to City employees, City Council, and City Board and Commission members;
  • Represent the City in the community and at professional meetings and supervise outside counsel as required.


The ideal candidate for the Chief Assistant City Attorney position will be an experienced attorney with management or supervisorial experience. The attorney will have a strong track record addressing a broad spectrum of legal and business matters, able to provide effective and practical guidance and to facilitate positive legal solutions. Experience in areas of litigation (especially jury trial and/or appellate experiences), land use, CEQA, labor and employment, complex public contracting, and/or municipal finance is desirable.

The ideal candidate will be a talented litigator and legal advisor with strong analytical and strategic thinking skills who thrives in an active and innovative environment; possesses exceptional oral and written communication skills and the ability to explain complicated issues in a straightforward and understandable fashion; demonstrates a track of

quickly establishing credibility and building highly effective relationships with staff, elected officials, and the public; is a collaborative and creative problem-solver, has unquestionable integrity and ethics, and is well prepared to participate in the management of a high-functioning office. Depending upon other qualifications, Municipal Law experience is not specifically required.

Minimum qualifications include ten (10) or more years of legal experience and possession of a Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school or the equivalent. Active membership in the State Bar of California and ability to gain admission to practice in Federal courts are required.

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The Salary Range for the Chief Assistant City Attorney is $180,113 - $218,927 annually based on a 37.5 hour work week; placement within the range is dependent upon qualifications.  The City also offers a competitive benefits package, including:

  • Retirement Program – CalPERS retirement formula of 2% @ 55 for classic members or 2% @ 62 for PEPRA (new) members. Classic members pay 7% as pre-tax contribution and also 1.868% as pre-tax City contribution.  New members pay half the normal cost as determined by PERS. The City does not participate in Social Security; however, employees contribute 1.45% for Medicare.
  • Medical, Dental & Life Insurance – Pre-tax monthly allowance up to $2,475.48 is provided by the City for PERS health; depending upon health plan and number insured; dental insurance for the employee and all eligible dependents and a $100,00 life insurance policy are provided by the City
  • Vacation – 150 hours of vacation per year, increasing according to length of service time up to a max of 187.5 hours annually
  • Holidays – 10 observed plus 5.5 floating holidays
  • Sick Leave – 90 hours per year.  Unused sick leave may be converted to PERS service credit upon retirement
  • Transportation Allowance – $250 per month.
  • Administrative Leave- 37.5 Hours annually- cashed out if not used
  • Long-Term Disability – The City provides LTD insurance up to $8,000 per month
  • Optional Benefits – Several optional insurance plans are available to eligible employees including vision, flexible spending account, dependent care program, long-term care, additional life insurance and 457 deferred compensation plans.
  • Deferred Comp – City matches up to 1% of employee’s salary


 Click Here to apply by submitting your resume and cover letter.

The final filing date is 5:00 PM on September 30, 2020. Interviews are tentatively scheduled for the week of October 19, 2020.

If you have questions regarding this position or process, please feel free to contact: Jessica Romeo, Sr. Human Resource Analyst, at (510) 747-4900 or or Elaine Cheung, Law Office Administrator, at (510) 747-4757 or

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: The City of Alameda encourages minorities, women and the disabled to apply. It is the City's policy that all aspects of employment and promotion shall be without regard to sex, marital status or disability (except where dictated by requirements of the position), race, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religious creed, color, national origin or age. Qualified disabled persons must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations. No individual may pose a direct threat to the health or safety of himself/herself or other individuals in the workplace. Barring undue hardship, reasonable accommodations can be made in the application and examination process for disabled individuals or for religious reasons. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be made in advance to the Human Resources Department. Hearing Impaired TDD (510) 522-7538.

E-VERIFY: The City of Alameda utilizes the Federal government's E-Verify program and new employees must provide documentation to establish both identity and work authorization, which includes showing a valid United States Social Security card at the time of hire (photocopies not accepted).

The information contained herein is subject to change and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.