At last night’s City Council Meeting, the Council voted unanimously to approve the contract with San Francisco law firm Renne, Sloan, Holtzman & Sakai for City Attorney services. David Kahn (pictured near left) will be replacing Hal Toppel (pictured far left) as City Attorney, and Teresa Stricker will be the city’s Deputy City Attorney.
Mayor Ray Miller stated, “The Council wanted to make sure that when we replaced Hal, we got it right.”
There were a total of 14 complete responses to the Request for Proposals. A Council subcommittee (Terry O'Connell and Ray Miller) with the help of recruitment consultant Bobby Peckham narrowed the field down to nine. Then the full Council accepted the subcommittee's recommendation to interview five applicants. Two finalists were selected by the Council from this group of five. The final two, Mayor Miller said, “had the background legal knowledge, the experience, and the community fit, and then we had this wonderful problem of deciding between these two extraordinary applicants.” After much deliberation, the decision was made to select David Kahn and Teresa Stricker.
Mr. Kahn commented, “It’s really a privilege to be selected as the City Attorney for the City of Brisbane and I look forward, as does Deputy City Attorney Teresa Stricker, to working with the City of Brisbane, the City Council, and the city staff to accomplish the vision and the projects that the Council and the community want to improve the community of Brisbane.”
We welcome David and Teresa, and thank Hal for his over 20 years of service to the City of Brisbane and wish him the very best in his retirement for many years to come.