FREMONT – The City of Fremont will begin searching for a new city attorney, as the current service agreement with McGrath, North, Mullin & Kratz PC LLO will come to an end April 1st.
Mayor Scott Getzschman, along with the assistant city administrator Shane Wimer, met with the firm recently to discuss the status of the service agreement ahead of the March 31 end date of that agreement. “I just want to say that City Staff and I have been satisfied, please and happy with the performance of our City Attorney,” said Mayor Getzschman. “Our goal was to reduce overall legal costs for both the City and Department of Utilities, and to reduce the number of firms serving the city, and we have achieved both.”
However, the law firm of McGrath, North, Mullin & Kratz PC LLO has decided not to continue in the role of City Attorney. Representing the City and Department of Utilities, combined with performing multiple investigations at City Council’s behest, has lead to this service agreement claiming an outsized portion of the law firm’s available time. The firm is willing to continue serving in the role through the agreement period, and until a new City Attorney is in place, if so desired.
As a result, the Mayor has directed the Assistant City Administrator and city’s Human Resourses to begin the search and hiring process to secure a new City Attorney.