A new attorney will take the lead in the City of Miami's legal matters beginning Monday.
David Anderson received the appointment of Mayor Brent Brassfield and a subsequent vote of approval by three council members who attended Friday's noon meeting.
Councilman Scott Trussler was absent.
Anderson expressed his appreciation of the council's confidence and said he is looking forward to serving the City of Miami.
On a part-time basis, Anderson will act as general counsel for the City of Miami, Miami Public Utility Department and Special Utility Authority for a base salary of $57,500 for the one-year contract term.
Additionally, Anderson will be provided a $950 per month stipend to offset the expenses associated with hiring an administrative assistant.
All necessary expenses of litigation and legal services will be reimbursed by the city as will any travel-related expenses incurred while carrying out city business or training.
The city will provide Anderson with health-care insurance coverage for him, his wife and all dependent children. The coverage shall be on the same terms as that offered to other city employees. The city will pay 100 percent of all premiums.
The new city attorney has the option to participate in the employer's retirement program.
Per the contract, the city will also pay half of Anderson's malpractice insurance costs.
The city will continue to pay Erik Johnson, former city attorney who resigned in November, through March 31 - per an amended contract approved shortly after his resignation.
Johnson's amended contract, according to city officials, will allow him to transition Anderson into the position and familiarizing him with the city's current legal matters.
On Anderson's plate are city issues regarding flooding and a much publicized resolve to “wage a battle” against the Grand River Dam Authority to bring an end to flooding in Miami.
The city of Miami is also facing a decision regarding the pursuit of legal action surrounding a benzene plume identified under a portion of city residences who live near the former BF Goodrich plant.
As recently as Friday, a suit was filed against the City of Miami by Tom Chenoweth, a city employee who is seeking a money judgement.
Brassfield said Friday he is pleased with Anderson's acceptance of the appointment and looks forward to working with the Miami native.
Anderson, who currently is associated with the law firm of Stockwell and Conner, said Friday he is separating from the firm on good terms and opening a private practice in the newly renovated St. James “Lofts” building in Miami.