Village Attorney

Organization: Village of Oak Park, IL
Salary: Competitive starting salary and excellent benefits
Close Date: April 8, 2013

Job Description:

Oak Park is a thriving, transit-rich community of about 52,000 located immediately west of Chicago on a major interstate/expressway, only 20 minutes from the downtown �Loop� and �Magnificent Mile.� Oak Park is a first-ring suburb that has two light-rail lines and one heavy-rail line to Chicago. The Village offers miles of tree-lined streets, a growing bikeway system and a thriving business community clustered into twelve business areas. This historically significant community provides a distinctive urban/suburban lifestyle that is a mix of architecturally significant homes and buildings, very high quality municipal services, expansive parks managed by an independent board, two excellent school districts, and a well-educated and very involved citizenry that expects to be heard and respected. Oak Park values the following four principals that must be embraced and encouraged by any public official: (1) Oak Park respects, embraces and celebrates diversity of all types; (2) Oak Park has an involved citizenry; (3) Oak Park has a diverse housing stock and (4) Oak Park is strongly committed to the environment and sustainability.

The Village of Oak Park has home rule powers under the Illinois Constitution and is governed by a seven-member, nonpartisan Board of Trustees elected to four-year staggered terms. All members are elected at-large. The Village President is directly elected. The Village Manager is appointed by the Board to an indefinite term. The Village Attorney is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Village Manager. The Village Attorney oversees the Law Department which is responsible for the coordination of all legal matters for the Village of Oak Park. It provides internal services to other Village Departments in the form of legal counsel with an emphasis on services to the Village President and Board of Trustees, the Village Manager�s Office and Department Directors. Departmental personnel include the Village Attorney, Assistant Village Attorney, a Legal Secretary and a Claims Administrator.

Minimum qualifications are a Juris Doctorate (JD) from an accredited law school and membership in the State Bar of Illinois combined with at least seven (7) years of increasingly responsible experience in municipal or related government law including some trial experience. Prefer some supervisory experience. Must have excellent interpersonal skills.

Competitive starting salary and excellent benefits are negotiable depending upon qualifications and experience. Additional information regarding the position can be found at the consultant's website:

The position will be open until filled and the first review of resumes will be April 8, 2013. The Village is anxious to fill the position soon. Please send a detailed cover letter and resume with current salary without delay to:

Robert E. Slavin
3040 Holcomb Bridge Road #A-1
Norcross, GA 30071
TEL 770/449-4656
FAX 770/416-0848

The Village of Oak Park is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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