Long time Newport resident and attorney Rob Connell has been offered the job of in-house Newport City Attorney. Connell, a private practicing attorney, a one time member of the Minor, Bandonis and Haggerty law firm in Newport, and an Oregon Chief Deputy Attorney General, a position from which he recently retired. After well over a year of active retirement enjoying his musical interests, he is also now in the process of negotiating a contract with the city and could be on board as its new city attorney within 30 to 60 days.
As you can see from the pictures, Rob is well known and admired around town for his rock n’ roll prowess and for his community involvement.
Connell, husband of Cheryl Connell, who heads up the county Health and Human Services Department, has decades of experience with local, state and federal law.
Connell says this is not his first stint as offering legal services to the city of Newport because he was a partner of local attorney Chris Minor, whose firm performed legal work for the city for a number of years.
Connell says he’s looking forward to giving Newport the benefit of a lifetime of legal experience and continuous education in the law. Although the position is part time he said the city will benefit greatly from his expertise. City officials say that they’re prepared to continue using an out of town law firm to provide some specialty legal services as requested by city Public Works Director Tim Gross and Community Development Director Derrick Tokos.