MODESTO — Modesto is poised to pick an interim city attorney to serve after the Nov.8 departure of longtime City Attorney Susana Alcala Wood.
The City Council on Tuesday is expected to approve having City Manager Greg Nyhoff negotiate and enter into an agreement with the law firm of Meyers, Nave, Riback, Silver & Wilson and appoint Adam Lindgren as interim city attorney.
Lindgren is the managing principal of Meyers Naves Sacramento office and serves as city attorney for Rancho Cordova and as special counsel for the cities of Sacramento, Ventura and Livingston, according to the law firms website. Hes a 1990 graduate of Columbia University and a 1993 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center.
Modesto could pay as much as $20,000 per month for interim city attorney services, according to a city report. City officials expect it will take four to six months to find a new city attorney, according to the report.
This item is listed on the councils consent agenda. The council typically approves consent agenda items all at once and without discussion.
Wood is Modestos first female city attorney and has been with the city since June 2006. She is resigning Nov. 15 though her last day on the job will be Nov. 8 to become Stocktons assistant city attorney.
The city report states Lindgren is expected to work in Modesto two to three days a week.
Modesto used a Meyers Nave attorney as interim city attorney when City Attorney Mike Millich retired in late 1995 and before Woods appointment. The city report says Meyers Nave specializes in representing cities and other local governments. Meyers Nave has provided Modesto legal help on a wide variety of projects.
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