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Mead tapped as new City Attorney

Posted: June 28, 2013 - 4:54pm  |  Updated: June 30, 2013 - 12:11am

The search for a new City Attorney is over.

Amy Mead, a current Assistant City Attorney, accepted the position late Friday.

“We had an excellent pool of candidates to choose from,” said Mayor Merrill Sanford in a statement. “It was a difficult decision. At the end of the process however, the Assembly determined that Ms. Mead’s background and legal expertise was what the Assembly as a whole was looking for in the new City Attorney.”

Of the four candidates that were narrowed down by a Subcommittee last week, two were already employed in the City and Borough of Juneau Law Department. Jane Sebens, the Deputy City Attorney, was one of the other applicants for the position.

“We feel fortunate that the city can continue to benefit from the significant expertise of Ms. Jane Sebens,” said Sanford, “who will continue in her current position.”

In total, eight applications were received following the retirement of John Hartle, the City Attorney since 2003, on Monday.

“I am honored to accept the position of City Attorney,” said Mead “I very much enjoy the practice of municipal law and look forward to continuing to serve the Assembly, the CBJ management team, and the citizens of Juneau.”

Mead has been employed by the City and Borough of Juneau Law Department since 2010. Prior to her tenure at the CBJ, Ms. Mead was employed as a Senior Associate Attorney with the Hoffman, Silver, Gilman & Blasco law firm. Mead has also worked as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Alaska, Department of Law, Civil Division, and as an Associate Attorney with the Robertson, Monagle & Eastaugh law firm.

In addition, Mead has had assignments as an Assistant District Attorney with the State of Alaska, Department of Law, Criminal Division and as a Superior Court Judicial Law Clerk with the State of Alaska Court System. Mead possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Boston University, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Tulane Law School.

Mead will begin her new position on July 1.

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