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A Bannock County attorney will soon be trading jurisdictions to take the reins of the City of Pocatello Legal Department.
At Thursday’s City Council meeting, Council members confirmed Mayor Brian Blad’s appointment of Jared Johnson to the position of City Attorney. He comes to the City of Pocatello from the Bannock County Prosecutor’s Office where he most recently served as the Chief Civil Deputy Attorney. While with the County, he was assigned all aspects of civil matters, management of personnel cases, and planning and zoning related issues. Prior to that appointment, he served as a Deputy Attorney.
“With his experience working for Bannock County, Jared brings a new perspective to the position,” said Mayor Brian Blad. “He’s also spent most of his life here and understands our community, which makes him a great fit for City Attorney.”
“I have worked with various city officials in the past and I have always been impressed with their professionalism and enthusiasm for doing the right thing for the city,” Johnson said. “I’m excited for a chance to be part of this organization.”
As City Attorney, Johnson is tasked with overseeing the City’s Legal Department. The department prosecutes infractions and certain misdemeanor criminal citations as well as provides legal counsel for the Mayor, City Council and other City departments in matters affecting the City.
“As City Attorney, I will ensure that the Legal Department continues to give sound legal advice and provide top quality legal services,” said Johnson. “Initially, my plan is to gain a more thorough understanding of the workings of each department in the City so that I can determine what changes, if any, need to be implemented within the Legal Department so as to better serve the City.”
Johnson received a Bachelor of Science in Communication and Rhetorical Studies from Idaho State University and obtained his Juris Doctor from University of Idaho College of Law. He is admitted to both the Idaho State Bar and United States District Court, District of Idaho. Johnson and his wife have five children and enjoy camping, sports, boating and skiing.
Johnson’s first day on the job will be October 16.
For more information on the City of Pocatello Legal Department, visit pocatello.us/legal.