City of Oakland | Request for Qualifications (RFQ) released for…

The City of Oakland is seeking individuals to serve as Hearing Officers to provide the services described in the scope of work. The City of Oakland will hire at least two people as hearing officers under a contractor service agreement. Contractors will hear objections to enforcement actions, including but not limited to special business permits, fire, property and planning regulations, and public nuisance actions. Each contract is on a part-time, on-call basis for a period of two years or $30,000, whichever comes first.

A. Defendant must have a law degree and be a member in good standing of the State Bar of California and have at least five (5) years of experience as a judge (now retired) or arbitrator, or five (5) years of experience as a licensed attorney at preparing or participating in formal hearings or court proceedings related to federal, state or local litigation and/or administrative law, or as representing clients in litigation or arbitration proceedings.

B. Respondent must be familiar with 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. The defendant must have experience in making factual, evidentiary, and evidentiary decisions.

D. The defendant must have the flexibility to hold hearings day and night.

E. The respondent must have excellent communication and writing skills.

F. Applicants who have served as a hearing officer for the City of Oakland within the past two (2) years are not eligible to submit a qualifying letter, and anyone who does so will be automatically rejected and disqualified.

Interested parties should submit no later than Friday, March 4, 2022 at 5 p.m. Respondents must send their qualification letter either by post or email to the following addresses:

City Government Office
Attn: Tonya Gilmore, City Clerk’s Assistant
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 3rd Floor, Oakland, CA 94612
Tonya Gilmore, City Clerk’s Assistant, [email protected]

The letter of qualification should include (1) a brief description of the respondent’s professional history, academic background, relevant experience over the past five years, and past experience, which could be used to demonstrate the ability to make objective and fair decisions with a complex hearing; and (2) a list of the names and contact information of at least three professional references who can vouch for the respondent’s qualifications.

1. Conduct public hearings as needed and in the mutual interest of the City and the Hearing Officer.

2. Administrative Court Decision on Public Appeal for Enforcement Hearings in All Buildings, Housing, Fire, Property, Zoning Plans, Special Business Permits and Public Nuisance Cases

3. Considering the City and Complainant’s briefs and supporting documents, conducting public hearings, administering oaths, issuing subpoenas, and issuing written and oral decisions, orders, findings and determinations.

4. Provide Services in accordance with the policies, procedures, rules and ordinances of the City of Oakland and the laws of the State of California.

5. The period of service is two years from the start of the contract.

6. The City shall notify the Hearing Officer of any upcoming hearing within at least five (5) business days of the scheduled date and notify the Hearing Officer of the cancellation of a pending hearing within three (3) business days of the scheduled date.

7. The Hearing Officer will be paid a maximum of $250.00 per hour, which assumes that most hearings will take 1 to 3 hours, including pre- and post-hearing preparation.

8. The Hearing Officer will provide the City with detailed accounts showing what work the Hearing Officer performed and on what date.

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