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City to offer Walker attorney job

For the second time in about three years, Boulder City’s acting city attorney is being offered the permanent position after hiring an outside firm to conduct a statewide search for candidates.

At a special meeting Wednesday, April 14, City Council approved hiring Acting City Attorney Brittany Walker as the full-time city attorney. Walker was one of three finalists interviewed for the position. The other two were Nye County Deputy District Attorney Christi Kindel and attorney Stephen Smith.

“What I do look at for a city attorney is for someone who can assist the council in developing policy, and Ms. Walker has years of experience at the state Legislature, working in conjunction with other government bodies … . I think she’s well suited for the position,” said Mayor Kiernan McManus.

Walker earned her law degree in 2017 and has eight years of experience working with law firms, organizations and the Nevada State Assembly. Before coming to Boulder City she worked for Holland &Hart LLP in Las Vegas.

Councilwoman Claudia Bridges said at first she was concerned about Walker’s age and experience but she has been “so incredibly impressed with her.”

“From my perspective, I’ve been proved wrong,” she said.

Councilman James Howard Adams said even though Walker had an advantage by being the acting city attorney, she had numerous people recommend her for the position and members of the public said they liked working with her.

He said he believed that she is the “absolute right person for this job at this time.”

Councilwomen Judy Hoskins and Tracy Folda agreed with making a contingent job offer to Walker.

“They were all very qualified to fill the position and all had different set(s) of skills that would benefit the city, but clearly I think that one has raised above the others … Acting City Attorney Brittany Walker,” said Folda.

They unanimously approved offering the full-time city attorney position to Walker contingent on a background check. She will also need to complete a health screening and the city will need to negotiate a contract with her.

GovHR USA conducted this recruitment process and will use a current draft contract from the city’s labor attorney to create an employment agreement It will also be performing her background check.

The salary range that will be used for the negotiation is $120,000-$145,000, according to McManus. It was the one used in the recruitment materials.

Also during the 6½-hour-long special meeting, council interviewed five city manager candidates: Jessica J. Brown, director of finance for Placentia, California; Edward O. Dickie, town manager for St. James, North Carolina; Dana P. Hlvac, development services administrator for the city of Las Vegas; Forrest H. Neurerburg, city manager for Monte Vista, Colorado; and Taylour R.B. Tedder, assistant city manager for Leavenworth, Kansas.

Senior Vice President Sarah McKee of GovHR USA asked each of them 17 questions about their experience, management style, vision for Boulder City and desire to move to Boulder City as well as what they would tackle in their first 90 days on the job and how they think cities should engage with nonprofit organizations.

She said she will make a composite score for each candidate based on the evaluation forms filled out by council members. They can then choose two or three candidates to interview in person.

They will discuss those candidates at a future meeting and are tentatively planning one for April 21.

Contact reporter Celia Shortt Goodyear at cgoodyear@bouldercityreview.com or at 702-586-9401. Follow her on Twitter @csgoodyear.

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