Newport City Councilor and local private attorney David Allen, who earlier said he was considering applying for the city attorney’s position, has informed Mayor Sandra Roumagoux that he is no longer interested in the job. Roumagoux said that after reviewing the city’s Request for Proposals on the position and thinking it over, Allen told her that he’s not going to apply.
Earlier this month Allen expressed an interest in the position after it was clear the city council was firing its contract attorney, Christy Monson, based in Eugene. Allen had recently become a frequent critic of Monson’s profession performance. The council wasn’t happy with her either and then decided to replace her.
Allen told the council at their August 19th work session, that he was considering applying for the position himself. But before officially filling out the paperwork, Allen told the council that he had contacted the State Ethics Commission to consult with them on his intent. Allen told the council that based on his discussion with the ethics commission office he would leave the room so that the council, which was about to set the job criteria for the position, could proceed without him and thereby, presumably, not listen in or contribute his ideas on what the council expects of the new city attorney – something akin to a conflict of interest. And with that he left the room. When the city attorney requirements portion of the city council agenda was finished, Allen returned and took his seat at the table.
Mayor Roumagoux says they are receiving a number of substantive inquiries on the city attorney job which is being advertised as a part-time position with the city. The council consensus was that although Christy Monson is no longer the city attorney, the rather large law firm that she works for will be retained, if they agree to it, to handle the city’s more technical and/or detailed legal issues dealing with public works contracts, labor issues and involved land use planning matters.