Richmond City Council tonight, during the Council Public Budget Hearing, introduced a Resolution to appoint Allen L. Jackson, Esq. as the new Richmond City Attorney. Mr. Jackson is the current Chief Deputy City Attorney of the Newport News Office of the City Attorney.
RICHMOND CITY COUNCIL
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COUNCIL PUBLIC INFORMATION NEWS ADVISORY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, 5 April 2010
Richmond City Council introduced Resolution appointing Allen L. Jackson as new Richmond City Attorney
To fill vacant position due to retirement of City Attorney Norman Sales
(RICHMOND, VA) – Richmond City Council tonight, during the Council Public Budget Hearing, introduced a Resolution to appoint Allen L. Jackson, Esq. as the new Richmond City Attorney. Mr. Jackson is the current Chief Deputy City Attorney of the Newport News Office of the City Attorney. Council will vote on the Resolution during the upcoming Council Formal Meeting on Monday, April 12, 2010; 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Mr. Jackson has served as an attorney with the Newport News Office of the City Attorney since1988. His service has included the positions of Chief Deputy City Attorney, from 2006 to present, and Deputy City Attorney, from 1988 to 2006. Prior to this service, Mr. Jackson served as Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia Office of the Attorney General, from 1981-1988, and as general civil practice lawyer in the private sector from 1977 to 1981. Mr. Jackson graduated from the University of Richmond, T. C. Williams School of Law with a Juris Doctor in 1977.
As the governing body of Richmond, Richmond City Council appoints the Richmond City Attorney, as per CHAPTER 4.; Section 4.17 of the Richmond City Charter. The position of Richmond City Attorney has been vacant since the retirement of former Richmond City Attorney Norman Sales, beginning January 2010. David Seitz, Senior Assistant Richmond City Attorney has served as Interim Richmond City Attorney until a new City Attorney is officially appointed by Council.
Duties of the Richmond City Attorney include management and oversight of the Richmond Office of the City Attorney, which provides legal representation on behalf of the legislative and administrative branches of government. This includes all departments, boards, commissions and agencies of the City.
Recruitment of a new Richmond City Attorney has been advertised at the local, state and national level. The position will remain open until filled. The introduction of this Council Resolution to appoint Mr. Jackson follows the recommendation from the Richmond City Attorney Search and Interview Panel established by Council to fill the vacant position of Richmond City Attorney.
Members of the Richmond City Attorney Search and Interview Panel, appointed by the President of Council, with recommendations from Mayor Dwight Jones, include:
Richmond City Attorney Search and Interview Panel
• The Honorable Kathy Graziano, President of Richmond City Council
Councilwoman, Southwest 4th District
• The Honorable Cynthia I. Newbille, Councilwoman, East End 7th District
• David Hicks, Mayor’s Senior Policy Advisor, Richmond Office of the Mayor
• Anthony Troy, Attorney, Troutman Sanders Attorneys at Law
• William “Bill’ Hefty, Attorney, Hefty & Wiley, P.C. Attorneys at Law
• The Honorable Ralph “Bill” Axselle, (Virginia House of Delegates member, 1974-
1990) Attorney, Williams Mullen (Law Firm)
• Mark Flynn, Director of Legal Services, Virginia Municipal League
CONTACT For more information, please contact Daisy E. Weaver, Richmond City Council Chief of Staff, 804.646.5921 or email@example.com
The former Richmond City Attorney, Norman Sales, retired from the City of Richmond, following more than 20 years of service (from October 1989 through December 2009), which included progressive service in the Richmond Office of the City Attorney as an Assistant, Senior Assistant, and more than four years as the Richmond City Attorney. Mr. Sales announced his retirement on November 12, 2009; which became effective December 31, 2009.
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