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CITY OF SOUTH BEND

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS FOR MUNICIPAL COURT JUDGE

DESCRIPTION

The Municipal Court Judge is the Presiding Judge of the City of South Bend Municipal Court and presides over and adjudicates a variety of hearings and trials related to infraction cases, criminal misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor cases, and civil forfeiture cases in accordance with established legal procedures as prescribed by Washington State law; imposes appropriate sentences and penalties as prescribed by law; and communicates with other city, county, and state criminal justice agencies.

The person selected must take an oath of office, be bondable and must be willing to be contacted nights and weekends. The Presiding Judge must comply with the Code of Judicial Conduct and be subject to ethics laws applicable to this office.

The South Bend Municipal Court courtroom is located at City Hall. Staffing at the Municipal Court consists of a Court Administrator and a full-time Court Clerk who perform court clerk and administrative support functions. The Judge is appointed by the Mayor, subject to confirmation by the City Council. The term for this appointment begins July 1, 2020, and ends December 31, 2021. Regular court dates are the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.

The City of South Bend recognizes the need for judicial independence. Consistent with General Rule 29, the Presiding Judge has independence from the executive and legislative branches in carrying out the Court’s purely judicial responsibilities. At the same time, the Court is a municipal department of the City and subject to City oversight as allowed by General Rule 29. To date, the Court and City Administration have enjoyed a positive working relationship.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience:  Minimum qualifications include JD degree from an accredited law school, license to practice law in the State of Washington, membership in the Washington State Bar Association, and five (5) years of experience as a practicing attorney or judge.  Experience as a court commissioner, municipal/district judge, or judge pro tem preferred.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:  Considerable knowledge of the standards for Municipal Court Administration in the State of Washington; considerable knowledge of proper courtroom procedure and the rules of evidence; working knowledge of criminal law; working knowledge of local ordinances, laws and procedures; skill in basic supervisory principles and practices; ability to grasp complex factual data, draw appropriate conclusions and formulate sound legal decisions; ability to communicate complex legal ideas and /or decisions to a variety of audiences in a clear, comprehensive and professional manner; hear and weigh testimony and evidence; ability to impose appropriate sentences and penalties in accordance with the laws of the State of Washington; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; ability to read, interpret, apply and explain codes, rules, regulations, policies and procedures; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the City Administration, City Council, City Prosecutor, Public Defender, Police Department, Court staff, and the general public.

COMPENSATION/HOURS OF WORK

The City and the Presiding Judge will enter into a professional services agreement that will address compensation. Proposals shall clearly set forth fees or fee structure to be charged for services. A flat fee proposal is preferred

SELECTION PROCESS

All proposals will be reviewed and screened by a selection committee. The finalists will be invited for interviews. After the interview process, the Mayor will make a recommendation to the City Council for consideration at a regular council meeting.

REQUIREMENTS

The finalist must reside in Pacific County, Washington, and will be required to undergo a reference and background check prior to appointment. Proof of insurance, including professional liability insurance, is required as part of a Professional Services Agreement.

INSTRUCTIONS TO REPLY TO THE REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS

To reply to the RFQ, please submit the following: (1) resume; (2) cover letter and statement of qualifications, which must include Washington State Bar Numbers for all attorneys responding to this RFQ; (3) three professional references with addresses and phone numbers, (4) a release allowing the City of South Bend access to all WSBA disciplinary investigations and/or actions; and (5) answers to the Governor’s Uniform Judicial Evaluation Questionnaire found at http://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/documents/JudicialAppointmentQuestionnaire2015_0.docx.  All materials shall be submitted in one sealed packet and provided to the City Clerk/Treasurer Dee Roberts, P.O. Box 9, South Bend, WA 98586

ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS SHALL BE SUBMITTED BY 4:00 P.M. On June 19, 2020

Upon the City’s discretion, proposals submitted after the due date and time may be considered. The City of South Bend reserve the right to reject any and all submissions. Proponents accept all risks of the late delivery of mailed proposals regardless of fault. The Proponent bears all responsibility for ensuring the mailing address is correct.