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Introducing Boise's New City Attorney

Mayor David Bieter recently appointed Jayme Sullivan, a highly qualified lawyer currently serving as a magistrate judge in Canyon County, to lead the City of Boise’s Legal Department. Sullivan’s appointment as City Attorney was affirmed by the Boise City Council on March 12 at their regular meeting.

As City Attorney, Sullivan will be the mayor and city council’s primary legal advisor and will join the city’s executive management team. Her first day on the job will be April 1.

Jayme Sullivan

“Judge Sullivan’s experience and exemplary reputation as a jurist made her stand out in a pool of very talented applicants,” said Mayor Bieter. “We are excited to bring her expertise and counsel to our team as we work on behalf of our residents and their interests.”

As a magistrate judge since 2012, Sullivan has managed a docket of over 900 civil and criminal cases in Canyon, Gem, Washington and Owyhee counties, as well as overseeing the associated court staff, clerks and attorneys. She is currently president of the Idaho Magistrate Judges Association. Previously, she served as managing attorney for Coffel & Beaber, a Nampa-based law firm, and as an associate attorney at Wiebe & Fouser in Caldwell and Herrington Law Offices in Boise.

In her new role, Sullivan will oversee a department budget of $6.3 million and a team of more than 50 attorneys with specialized, professional expertise in contract law, criminal law, real estate transactions, land use planning, aviation, employment law, risk management, and civil litigation. The City Attorney’s Office also handles criminal prosecution for the cities of Meridian, Eagle, and Garden City.

She earned her juris doctorate in 2000 and bachelor’s degrees in English and Spanish in 1997, all from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

Published: March 14, 2019