City Councilors Whittle Down Applicant Pool in Search for City Attorney

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Councilors interviewed applicants in a closed session on July 2 Councilors interviewed applicants in a closed session on July 2

The search to hire a new Charlottesville city attorney is picking up the pace.

City councilors held a closed session on Monday, July 2, to interview candidates to replace Craig Brown, who left earlier this year.

This comes as the city is embroiled in several lawsuits stemming from debates over Confederate statues, downtown parking, and biking at Ragged Mountain Natural Area.

Councilors started looking at candidates back in January and have since narrowed the applicant pool down to four people. On Monday, they interviewed this round of finalists for more than three hours.

City Council is interviewing three males and one female, and all of them are from different counties around Virginia.

The previous deputy city attorney, Lisa Robertson, has been filling the role since Brown’s departure.

City Councilor Heather Hill says it’s important to hire a new city attorney as soon as possible due to several lawsuits that have come up in the past year.

“It's certainly an important role for the city and as we can attest for over the last year, a lot has been going on on the legal side for things so it's certainly an important position for us to be filling for the community," says Hill.

The city attorney would take on the lawsuits surrounding August 12, the downtown parking garages, and the Confederate statues in city parks.

City Council would not comment if the current attorney, Lisa Robertson, is in the running to officially fill the position.

Councilors say they hope to have the position filled within the new few weeks.