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City Attorney in California Says He’ll Quit Rather than Outsource Legal Work

Posted Jun 30, 2011 8:00 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The city attorney in Newport Beach, Calif., is so dismayed with a plan to cut his staff that he is quitting his $220,000-a-year job.

City Attorney David Hunt announced his resignation after the city council asked him to create a plan to outsource legal work and save costs, report the Daily Pilot and Corona Del Mar Today. Under the plan, he could have been forced to lay off three out of six lawyers in his department.

"Their direction is a perfectly valid choice," Hunt said. "It's simply not a model I care to execute."

Hunt will continue working until Sept. 23 or until a replacement is hired. According to the Daily Pilot, Hunt had a rocky tenure. He was arrested on suspicion of domestic abuse last year, but never charged. He was under “a sort of probation,” the story says, under his contract renewed in January.

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