Request for Qualifications for Hearing Officer

    The City of Oakland will hire two contractors to serve as Hearing Officer under a Contractor Service Agreement. The contractors will hear appeals of enforcement actions pertaining to any and all special business, fire, property, planning codes and public nuisance enforcement actions. This contract is for a part-time, on-call basis for a period of two years or $30,000, whichever occurs first. 


    A. Respondent shall have a degree in jurisprudence and be a member in good standing with the State Bar of California and have at least five (5) years experience as a judge (now retired) or arbitrator or, five (5) years experience as a licensed attorney preparing for or participating in formal hearings or trials involving litigation and/or administrative law at the federal, state or local level, or representing clients in trial or arbitration matters.

    B. Respondent shall have familiarity with the relevant authorities, including, but not limited to, the California Evidence Code, Code of Civil Procedure, Civil Code, Government Code, Health and Safety Code, Oakland Municipal Code, Oakland Planning Code and the California Building Code.

    C. Respondent shall be experienced in making decisions of fact, evidence and proof..

    D. Respondent shall have the flexibility to hold day and night hearings.

    E. Respondent shall have excellent communication and writing skills.

    F. Applicants who have served as a hearing officer for the City of Oakland within the last two (2) years are not eligible to submit a Letter of Qualification and any which do will be automatically rejected and disqualified.


    Interested respondents shall submit a Letter of Qualifications to City Administrator's Office, Nuisance Abatement Division, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 11th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612 or send email to no later than 3:00 p.m., on Friday, June 30, 2017. Said Letter of Qualifications should include (1) a brief description of the Respondent's employment history, academic background, relevant experience within the last five years, and previous experience that could be used to demonstrate the ability to make objective and just decisions with a complex hearing process, and (2) a list of the names and contact information for at least three professional references that can vouch for the qualifications of the Respondent.

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