Newport City Attorney Penelope McCarthy is resigning her post effective March 15th. McCarthy was hired as the city’s second full time city attorney in the Summer of 2009.
McCarthy notified the City Council today via e-mail that she will be happy to assist in any transition duties associated with her replacement. She said she was grateful for being allowed to serve the citizens of Newport. She did not indicate what her immediate future holds.
McCarthy was recently named in a lawsuit against the city filed by Human Resources Coordinator Cheryl Ewing. Ewing claimed that she had been discriminated against based on her gender on job related matters however no mention of the lawsuit was made in McCarthy’s resignation e-mail.
McCarthy began her employment as Newport’s city attorney in June of 2009, taking over the reigns from her predecessor Gary Firestone, the first full timer in the job. McCarthy had a base salary of $94,000 per year. Benefits and retirement usually entail an additional 30% outlay on the payroll.
Lincoln City, a town of similar population as Newport, relies on a contract, part time city attorney as does the city of Toledo, a town roughly one-third the size of Newport.