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Posted: 04/17/2014

Job Title

Public Defender Services

Status: Open until 05/07/2014

Job Type





Description:  The City of Selah is soliciting proposals from attorneys licensed to practice law in the State of Washington to perform public defender services for the City of Selah. These services will be for all indigent defendants for whom defense counsel is appointed by the Selah Municipal Court. Such services shall include legal representation at all stages of the proceedings and during arraignments as may be directed from time to time by Municipal Court. Public defender services must be performed on all court days (which is currently each Tuesday morning) and a defense attorney must be available by telephone 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for each week of the year, in order to give legal advice to persons who are in custody. The public defender must provide a sufficient number of other defense attorneys to provide backup so that all indigent defendants for whom defense counsel is appointed by the Court will be adequately represented. Such attorney(s) may engage in private practice so long as it does not diminish the kind and quality of service required. The public defender and other defense attorneys they may provide shall each fulfill their annual Washington State Bar Association continuing legal education requirement.

All attorneys performing services must carry and show proof of malpractice insurance in an amount agreeable to the City Attorney.

A public defender may be selected directly from the submittals or may be called in for interviews. The person selected will be required to enter into a Public Defender Agreement with the City of Selah. The following criteria will be considered when selecting a public defender:

Familiarity with the City of Selah; experience with legal defense work; experience with Municipal or District Courts; experience with small communities; ability to work well with City staff and the Municipal Court Judge; availability; ability to provide adequate backup attorneys.

Submittals shall include resumes outlining experience, proposed backup attorneys and their experience, references, proposed monthly cost to provide public defender services, plus a maximum two-page cover letter. The City of Selah assumes no obligation of any kind for expenses incurred by any respondent to this solicitation. The City reserves the right to reject any and all submittals. Please submit materials to: Jan Farley, 115 W. Naches Ave., Selah, Washington 98942. Submittals should be clearly marked “Request for Proposals – Public Defender Services” and be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m. May 7, 2014.

Posted: 02/20/2014

Job Title

Mechanic, Wastewater Treatment Plant



Mechanic, Wastewater Treatment Plant
This job description is intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by the position.  It is not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.
The Wastewater Mechanic provides maintenance and preventative maintenance under the direction of the Wastewater Treatment Plant Supervisor, on the wastewater treatment facilities including, but limited to the Main Treatment Plant, the Industrial Treatment Plant, and Sludge Disposal operations and systems. Rebuilds electric motors, blowers & pumps, does electrical trouble shooting and reading of schematics.

Works under the general supervision of the Wastewater Treatment Plant Supervisor. Exercises close supervision over treatment plant operators, maintenance workers and equipment operators.  

Essential functions and duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Assists in operation and maintenance the wastewater collection system, treatment plant(s), and lift stations to control flow and processing of wastewater, sludge, and effluent in order to meet NPDES or other local, state or Federal regulations.
  2. Rebuilds electric motors, blowers & pumps, does electrical trouble shooting and reading of schematics. 
  3. Assists in planning, scheduling and implementation of maintenance, and operation and construction activities designed to provide quality wastewater collection and treatment service for the City.
  4. Aids in the installation, maintenance and repair of electrical systems for the wastewater collection and treatment system.
  5. Aids the analysis of wastewater, sludge, and effluent samples to provide data for the efficient operation of wastewater treatment plants.
  6. Assists in the control and use of all materials, supplies and equipment used in the maintenance, construction and repair of wastewater collection and treatment systems and other department facilities.
  7. Inspects and participates in the repair of water quality equipment, sewer collection systems, pumping stations, meters, and treatment plant systems at frequent intervals to insure that all aspects of the systems are functioning properly.
  8. Assists in the requisition of needed supplies for the department and maintains a variety of records relating to personnel, equipment, supplies, water consumption and reports.
  9. Inspects main and side sewer installation for compliance with regulations and requirements.
  10. Paints and maintains buildings and equipment.
  11. Assists in inspection of and the control and use of supplies and equipment used in the maintenance, construction and repair of wastewater collection and treatment systems and other department facilities to insure that all equipment is in proper working order.
  12. Monitors pretreatment users to assure compliance with discharge requirements.
  13. Follows and help to enforce rules, regulations, policies and procedures relating to the operation of the wastewater utility system.
  14. Conduct all operational, maintenance and preventative maintenance procedures as required and directed by the Wastewater Treatment Plant Supervisor.
  15. Operate and maintain all pumps, motors, lines, valves, hydraulic and pneumatic and electrical systems appurtenant to the treatment system.
  16. Collect for and conduct laboratory appurtenant to wastewater control in the absence of tests and maintain records appurtenant to the wastewater treatment and processing control.
  17. Maintain active involvement with the operations of the plant including the maintenance, modification and changes in process control on a daily basis, providing input and for process control.
  18. Operate and maintain all equipment and machinery appurtenant to the operation, maintenance and preventative maintenance of the wastewater facilities and their grounds.
  19. Conduct other duties as directed.

Peripheral Duties:
Operates a variety of power construction and maintenance equipment used in the department.

Tools and Equipment Used:
Detection devices, mobile radio, phone, personal computer including word processing and other software, copy and fax machine.

Knowledge of:

Thorough knowledge of equipment, facilities, materials, methods and procedures used in wastewater collection and treatment systems; Considerable knowledge of sewer pipe installation, connection and repair; Considerable knowledge of wastewater treatment plant operation and maintenance.
Skill in operation of the listed tools and equipment.
Knowledge and direct experience in the activated sludge process, testing and lab procedures, chemistry and trouble shooting and detecting process hazards.
Knowledge in State and Federal Laws regulating treatment, pretreatment, and land application of sludge.

Ability to:
Ability to interpret specific chemical and biological analyses; Ability to guide, direct and motivate employees; Ability to organize and supervise the activities of various crews performing construction and maintenance work; Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other departments and the public.

Special Requirements:
The employee may be required to work hours or days other than the normal workweek.
Physical exam required prior to appointment.

Education, Experience, and Training Guidelines
Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

High School diploma or G.E.D. is required.    

Four (4) years of experience relating to the construction, repair and maintenance of wastewater collection or treatment systems including the operation of related maintenance equipment, or
Any equivalent combination of education and experience.

Training, licensing, or certifications: 
Possession of valid Washington State Driver's License
Obtain a Washington State Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator in Training license within first 6 months
Obtain a Laboratory Certification within first 6 months
Obtain an Operator Class II License within three years
Obtain an Operator Class III License within five years

Environmental Conditions:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions.  The employee may be exposed to raw sewage, acids, caustics, corrosives, toxic materials and unpleasant odors. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and vibration.  The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and risk of electrical shock.

The noise level in the work environment is usually loud in field settings, and moderately quiet in office settings.

Physical Conditions:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms.  The employee frequently is required to stand and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to walk, sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and smell.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


1.         Any combination of education and experience may be substituted, so long as it provides the desired skills, knowledge and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.
2.         While requirements may be representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and abilities to perform this job successfully, the employee will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently.
3.         This job description in no way implies that these are the only duties to be performed. Employees occupying the position will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job related duties requested by their supervisor.



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