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April 10, 2014

20 seek solicitor's position

METHUEN — The city’s second shot at a solicitor search has netted more than 20 applications, better than the dozen the first search attracted last year.

The solicitor search committee, comprised of three city councilors, broke open the applications Tuesday evening and will begin to review them, said Councilor Ron Marsan. He expected the review, which will include assistant city solicitor and human resources director Anne Randazzo, to take a couple of weeks.

The deadline for submitting applications was April 4.

Marsan said he was happy with the number of applications. “There are more than 20, so I’m hoping at least 20 meet our criteria and we evaluate from there,” he said.

A first round of review will weed out the applicants who do not meet the qualifications for the job. Marsan said the committee will meet again Tuesday, though that meeting may be closed as they review and discuss the applications.

According to the position advertised in newspapers and trade magazines, the duties include representing the city in state and federal court; handling administrative agency matters; drafting special legislation, local ordinances, rules and regulations; advising the City Council, municipal boards and municipal officers on all legal questions; and performing other duties as the council may require.

Applicants must be members in good standing of the Massachusetts bar and have a minimum of five years of experience in municipal law. The salary range is $89,575 to $115,972, depending on experience, according to the Human Resources Department.

The City Council on Feb. 20 voted 6-3 to start a new search for a city solicitor, and council Chairman Jamie Atkinson appointed Councilors Marsan, Joyce Campagnone and George Kazanjian to the committee.

Tuesday was the committee’s second meeting and Marsan said it consisted of opening the applications. “We have to digest them and at the next meeting, we’ll start reviewing,” he said.

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