Calexico City Attorney Michael Rood steps down

June 09, 2002|By AARON CLAVERIE

Staff Writer

CALEXICO — City Attorney Michael Rood, who has served this city for nearly 10 years, has resigned, stating he had to choose between his private practice and his work for the City Council.

Rood sent a resignation letter to the council on Thursday, two days after the council decided to advertise for attorney services.

Some members of the City Council think legal fees have been too high this year.

Rood's letter reads, "Dear Mr. (Mayor John) Renison: I have enjoyed serving as the city attorney for the city of Calexico since Feb. 1, 1993. It has been quite an experience. The demands of the position have grown to the point that I must make a choice between my private practice and city work."


Rood has a private practice in El Centro.

The letter continues, "After discussing this with my wife, close friends, parents, my dogs and cats, I have decided to resign the city attorney position. My resignation will be effective July 6, 2002."

On Tuesday the council will discuss the job parameters for the city attorney position.

The council could decide to hire two attorneys, one to provide counsel to the Redevelopment Agency and one to work with the council.

The council decided to advertise for attorney services after receiving a recent bill.

Some members think the amount the city has paid for legal counsel — Rood's fees and the fees of outside consultants combined — have been too high.

Rood has said the city of El Centro budgets almost twice the amount for legal services than Calexico does.

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