A month after Boulder announced two finalists for the position of a new city attorney they are planning to continue their search.
The ideal candidate would be someone with more municipal experience especially in a community of a similar size or larger with similar City Council agendas along with communities that are extremely engaged with the process. Boulder also believes that the candidate pool could have been impacted by the King Soopers shooting in late March of this year.
According to Human Resources Director Jen Sprinkle, "There was an overlap in us actively recruiting for qualified candidates and the King Soopers shooting, which we feel impacted our search process. It’s challenging to get folks interested in the city attorney role in a time of crisis.”
Boulder City Council plans to rework the position profile, making sure that they are emphasizing that they desire a candidate with the experience that is compatible with Boulder's needs. Stakeholder groups and Boulder staff had an opportunity to meet with the original semifinalists and provide their feedback before the city announced the two finalists. Jen mentioned that their decision to continue the search was based on the feedback that came up at the end of the process.
Jen stated, "There was a desire to look more broadly and find candidates who had experience with the issues and the priorities of Boulder."
Bob Yates and Rachel Friend who are councilmembers that serve on the city attorney recruitment subcommittee, explained more about why they decided to continue the search during a recent City Council meeting. Rachel provided the information that the former finalists had been competent attorneys but that they needed to find someone with more municipal experience. Not everyone agreed that a candidate should be disqualified due to a lack of municipal experience.
Councilmember Mark Wallach stated, "There are some very high-level capable people out there who operate in the private sector. They ought to at least be considered. Most areas of law are learnable.”
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