Wednesday, June 16, 1999

Job draws lawyers from area, abroad

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MIDDLETOWN — Lawyers from all over the world want to work in Middletown.

        More than 100 attorneys have applied for the job of assistant law director since the notice went out in early May, said Susan Davis, assistant city manager.

        While the majority of the 121 candidates are from Ohio, one lives in Korea, another in Turkey, and several are from other states including Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois.

        “We have some really great resumes,” Ms. Davis said. “We've identified 15 candidates that we've asked to provide us with legal writing samples.”

        The goal is to choose five to seven candidates for personal interviews by the end of the week, Ms. Davis said.

        Les Landen, former assistant law director who was named law director Feb. 1 after Sheldon Strand retired, could not be reached for comment Tuesday. But earlier he said he has been struggling to stay up with the growing work load, and readily admitted he needs help.

        Mr. Landen is the city's labor negotiator, and is spending much of his time on negotiations with five separate bargaining units.

        The city boosted the maximum salary by about $3,000 in early May to $67,273, which Mr. Landen said he expected would attract a larger pool of candidates.

        Something worked, Ms. Davis said.

        “The caliber of the candidates is amazing,” she said. “We have people who have really solid municipal-law experience, litigation experience, which we want,” Ms. Davis said.

        “We're also looking for people who have work experience in employment, contract and real estate law. We have a number of people who have applied who have those skills.”


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