Wednesday, September 20, 2006


City of Chicago - Hearing Officer


The HEARING OFFICER presides over administrative contested hearings involving the issuance, suspension or revocation of business licenses, enforcement actions and emergency license suspensions.
The Hearing Officer presides over and manages proceedings which come before the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Licensing/Local Liquor Control Commission (Commission).  The Hearing Officer makes decisions which are of substantial importance to individuals/businesses and the public.  The Commission relies on the Hearing Officer's knowledge, expertise and judgment in making recommendations and findings of fact.  The hearings involve complex cases, both legally and factually, documentary evidence and legal arguments, city ordinances, state statutes or regulations requiring in-depth legal research, analysis and interpretation.  The tasks involved require a high level of professional and technical knowledge and management ability.
1. Decision Making
Identify legal and factual issues present in a case, assess witness' credibility to resolve conflicting testimony and decide legal and regulatory issues by applying legal, economic and financial concepts to the evidence.
2. Administrative Hearings
Preside over administrative hearings, license issuance, suspension or revocation and enforcement cases.  Conduct a full and fair inquiry by receiving testimony and evidence, questioning witnesses, ruling on motions and objections to procedural matters and admissibility of evidence.
Maintain order and direction of the hearing, coordinate the activities of participating staff, parties, attorneys, special interest groups, organizations and the public and integrate divergent and conflicting interests of participants.
3. Writing
Analyze evidence and apply city ordinances, state statutes and regulations.  Present an unbiased analysis of parties' positions and review testimony, exhibits, transcripts and briefs.  Prepare detailed recommendations and findings of fact based on the evidence of record, relevant ordinance sections, statutory and case law and Commission regulations and policy.
Hearing Officers are in regular contact in person or by telephone with individual parties and petitioners, attorneys, the Commission, industry representatives, agency investigators, witnesses, neighborhood representatives and local government officials, business owners or representatives, and the public in the course of conducting hearings.  Hearing Officers are in contact with the Commission's Deputy Director and/or Staff Attorney for the License Adjudication Division on a daily basis to discuss technical legal issues, case management issues and agency policies and procedures. 
Hearing Officers receive general direction from the Deputy Director of License Adjudication.  Hearing Officers work independently in preparing for and presiding over hearings and in writing their proposed recommendations and findings of fact.  The work product of Hearing Officers is reviewed by the Deputy Director of  License Adjudication.  Hearing Officers utilize city ordinances, state statutes, case law, prior agency decisions, and agency substantive rules, procedural rules and regulations. 
Hearings are conducted in a public setting at the Commission.  Representatives of the news media, public officials and neighborhood representatives are sometimes present.  Participants in the hearing may be angry and hostile.
Extensive knowledge of rules of evidence and civil procedure.
Extensive knowledge of administrative and regulatory law.
General knowledge of case precedents.
Basic knowledge of personal computers. 
Skill in identifying issues and developing legal arguments.
Skill in analyzing and applying municipal ordinances, state and federal laws, rules and regulations.
Skill in applying legal and administrative decisions, rulings and principles.
Skill in preparing clear and concise recommendations and findings of fact.
Skill in applying and maintaining judicial impartiality.
Skill in applying legal research and analysis.
Skill in questioning witnesses and communicating processes.
Skill in providing and receiving constructive feedback/assessments.
Skill in planning and use of time.
Skill in working with diverse individuals and groups.

Interested candidates may submit their credentials by October 20, 2006.  Electronic submissions are encouraged.  To submit electronically, please use:  For submissions via U.S. Mail, please send to:
Shawn R. Burnett
Deputy Director, License Adjudication
Department of Business Affairs & Licensing/
Local Liquor Control Commission
City Hall
121 North LaSalle, Room 805
Chicago, IL 60602

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