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City of The Dalles, OR

The City's Attorney, Jonathan Kara begins July 5, 2022

Jonathan has committed his entire legal career to public service and is especially passionate about municipal law and governance:

  • In law school, he clerked with the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office on the team responsible for representing the City’s energy interests before the California Public Utilities Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He was later invited back to assist the City’s municipal utility department on matters of water rights and land use. Next, he clerked with the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (a California State agency tasked with both commercial development and environmental stewardship of the San Francisco Bay) where he counseled the agency on regulatory law, natural resources law, and administrative procedure. Finally, Jonathan completed the government-service trifecta by becoming the first ever extern to the United States Army Corps of Engineers, San Francisco District, Office of District Counsel, where he advised the agency on a variety of issues ranging from hazardous waste remediation, dredging, federal/military contracting and procurement, and environmental regulatory compliance.
  • After law school, Jonathan consulted for the Port of Oakland in its Port Attorney’s Office, where he worked daily advising the municipal agency on all areas of municipal law, including public records law, commercial real estate management and leasing, tidelands trust, regulatory takings law, aviation law, maritime law, comprehensive environmental pollution liability insurance, public contracting, and administrative procedure.
  • Prior to relocating to Oregon, Jonathan served as a regulatory consultant for an environmental remediation firm in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he consistently applied his government, land use, and environmental law background.
  • For the past two years, Jonathan has worked for Campbell Phillips PC, a law firm in The Dalles, where he provided general counsel legal services to the City and worked closely with City staff and the City Council. He also represented other Oregon municipalities and special districts and advised on all areas of public law.

Outside of his professional and volunteer activities, Jonathan enjoys spending as much time as possible outdoors during the warmer months kayaking tributaries and lakes throughout the Columbia River Gorge. Jonathan has been visiting the Pacific Northwest with his family since childhood and feels both privileged and humbled to be able to call The Dalles his home.