Morro Bay City Council to discuss hiring interim city attorney

dsneed@thetribunenews.comOctober 28, 2013 

City Attorney Robert Schultz listens to public comment during the Morro Bay City Council's special meeting Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at the Veterans Memorial Building.

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The Morro Bay City Council will hold a special meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday to discuss hiring a short-term interim city attorney until a longer-term replacement for current City Attorney Robert Schultz can be found.

A week ago, a divided City Council voted to begin the process of terminating Schultz for unspecified reasons. However, it will take the city until mid-December at the earliest to find an interim replacement for him, City Clerk Jamie Boucher said.

The purpose of Tuesday’s meeting is to immediately find a short-term lawyer to fill the city attorney duties until an interim city attorney can be selected. Mayor Jamie Irons said it will be up to the City Council to make the short-term selection and that he does not have anyone in mind for the job.

Meanwhile, as of Monday, Schultz remained city attorney, Irons said.

Irons has hired a special counsel, Steven Simas, to negotiate terminating Schultz’s contract and advise the council on the possible termination or disciplining of City Manager Andrea Lueker.

Schultz will be terminated as soon as negotiations over ending his contract are complete; that will take a vote of the City Council, Irons said.

On Friday, the City Council directed its staff to prepare to issue a request for proposals for potential interim city attorney candidates. The council is expected to issue the request for proposals on Nov. 12 with the deadline for applications Dec. 3, Boucher said.

Interviews for that job could take place the week of Dec. 16. It would probably be late December or early January before the interim city attorney could start work, Boucher said.

That person would stay on the job until a permanent city attorney is found.

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