Edmonds City Council to discuss city attorney appointment Tuesday night

Who should be the next city attorney for Edmonds? It’s a topic that has many folks in Edmonds talking, and it will be a focal point of Tuesday night’s Edmonds City Council meeting, starting at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 250 5th Ave. N.

Based on interviews of applicants a few weeks ago, the council has narrowed the field to two choices: the current firm, Odgen Murphy Wallace and their representative Scott Snyder, and the Lighthouse Law Group.

“Citizen Harry” Gatjens of My Edmonds News has been following this issue closely, and hosted a community coffee with the Lighthouse Law Group on Friday so that citizens could ask questions of the firm. A similar coffee is being held today, Monday, at 3 p.m. with Scott Snyder at Chanterelle Restaurant, 316 Main St.

Also on the Council agenda Tuesday night:

– An update from the 2010-11 Citizens Levy Committee

– Discussion regarding House Bill 1265, which relates to land use planning in unincorporated portions of urban growth areas.

In addition, at 6:45 p.m., before the regular meeting starts, the Council will meet with a candidate for the Edmonds Arts Commission.

  1. Im not certain any decisions will be made tuesday night if you look at the agenda there is a resolution attached to item 7 to bring back some candidates if that passes the race will continue would be my guess, there are some who say that the way they cut the candidates wasn’t done properly, I do not know but if so then this is an attempt to fix it. I think there needs to be a decision made so that the firms can get on with what they are doing working for Edmonds or some place else, like they say in my work lets move this project along

  2. If there are 4 votes for either law firm, it is, my hope the city council will make a decision and move forward in correcting and updating the City Code.

  3. Finis:

    Here’s Mr. Synder’s comments yesterday on the code issue:

    “Concerns were brought up about the City code, which was last written in its entirety in 1978 and has been amended many times over the intervening period. In 2004, Snyder suggested to the Council that a code rewrite was probably a shrewd thing to do. Money was appropriated to do that the next year, but the process itself has been slow and cumbersome. Political issues have brought this issue almost to a standstill. It is not the City Attorney who writes the code, but rather the staff with advice from the City Attorney when issues come up. Snyder still believes a rewrite should be a priority, but to achieve it will take someone who can push it through without getting to deeply involved with minor political issues.”

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