Story last updated at 6/19/2013 - 2:05 pm
The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly City Attorney Hiring Subcommittee met on Saturday, June 14 to review candidate backgrounds for upcoming CBJ City Attorney vacancy. The subcommittee reached the decision to recommend to the Assembly as a whole that four candidates be interviewed for the opening. The subcommittee's recommendations are subject to change by the full Assembly. The final decision regarding how to proceed is on the agenda for the regular Assembly meeting scheduled for June 24th.
The CBJ received a total of eight applicants for the position. After a careful review of the backgrounds, the subcommittee is recommending the following four candidates for further consideration.
Karen Jennings has operated a sole legal practice since 1995, Karen L. Jennings, LLC. In addition to her current practice, Jennings also acts as an administrative hearing officer for the Mat-Su Borough. Jennings has worked as an attorney for the State of Alaska, Office of Public Advocacy; as an attorney for the United States Airforce; and as an attorney with the U.S. Navy JAG Corps. In addition, Jennings worked for the New Mexico Public Defenders Office as an attorney, and the 10th and 11th District Courts in New Mexico as an assistant district attorney. Jennings also operated a solo law practice in New Mexico and Texas. Jennings possesses a BA in Economics from Wells College in Aurora, New York, and a JD from the University of New Mexico Law School. Jennings resides in Palmer, Alaska.
Amy Mead is currently the assistant city attorney with the City and Borough of Juneau Law Department, a position she has held since June 2010. Prior to that time, Mead was employed as a senior associate attorney at 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 for Robertson, Monagle & Eastbough 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 has a BA in Psychology from Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, and a JD from Tulane Law School, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mead resides in Juneau, Alaska.
Debra O'Gara is currently serving as the director of planning and development for the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, a position she has held since August of 2010. O'Gara also works as a mediator for the Alaska Court System. O'Gara was a magistrate for Central Council Tlingit & Haida Tribal Court, and she served as the director of legal advocacy programs for CONNECT, Inc. O'Gara worked for the Puyallup Tribe of Indians as a senior prosecutor and as a staff attorney, and she worked for the Northwest Tribal Court System as an assistant prosecutor. O'Gara possesses a BA in Political Science from the University of Washington, a JD from the University of Oregon Law School. Ms. O'Gara is currently finishing an Master of Public
Administration at the University of Alaska Southeast. O'Gara resides in Juneau, Alaska.
Jane Sebens is currently employed by the City and Borough of Juneau Law Department. She has worked for the CBJ since January of 2007, first as the assistant city attorney and then in her current position of deputy city attorney. Sebens has worked as an attorney of counsel for Simpson, Tillinghast, Sorensen & Sheehan law firm, and owned a sole practice law office in Haines, Alaska. In addition, Sebens worked as an associate attorney for Faulkner, Banfield, Doogan & Holems law firm. Sebens possesses a BS in Secondary Social Science Education from Auburn University, Auburn, Georgia and a JD from the University of Ohio Law School. Sebens resides in Juneau, Alaska.
For more information, please contact Mila Cosgrove, Human Resources & Risk Management Director for the City and Borough of Juneau, at 586-0225.