Four finalists for CBJ attorney

Four finalists for CBJ city attorney include a deputy and an assistant city attorney.

Over the weekend a Juneau Assembly subcommittee whittled eight applications to four, and recommends the four be interviewed for the job being vacated by John Hartle at the end of the month.

Jane Sebens is deputy attorney for the city and borough and has worked for the Law Department since 2007.  Assistant city attorney Amy Mead has been in the job for three years.

Candidate Karen Jennings comes from Palmer, where she’s an administrative hearing officer for the Mat-Su Borough, and in private practice.  An Alaska Court System mediator Debra O’Gara is also on the list of finalists.  O’Gara is SEARHC Planning and Development Director.

The Assembly hires the City Attorney and City Manager.

CBJ Human Resources Director Mila Cosgrove says the Assembly must still determine how the hiring process will proceed.

The city generally uses what’s called an Assessment Center, where job candidates have to react to the types of daily situations they would encounter as a department head.

Cosgrove says the Assembly may do interviews instead.

“If they determine that they’re going to go with a regular interview process, which I think is likely, it will not be public, i.e., the interview piece will not be public. If they opt to have an Assessment Center where there are viewable exercises then of course, we would open it up to the public, but that decision has not been made,” Cosgrove says.

The Assembly will decide how to proceed at its next regular meeting on June 24th.

Hartle is retiring after 20 years with the CBJ Law Department, the last 10 as city attorney.

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