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Thursday, September 29, 2005

New City Attorney Hired

As written about a few days ago, City Council has unaminously approved the hiring of Michael Bernard as San Antonio's new city attorney:

The City Council on Thursday unanimously confirmed Michael Bernard as San Antonio's next city attorney, with several members casting him as a manager with the skill to overcome the legal department's reputation for missteps.

Bernard, the No. 2 official in District Attorney Susan Reed's office, will step into the job Oct. 17 at an annual salary of $152,000.

The 48-year-old attorney – who sought the job at the behest of Mayor Phil Hardberger, an old family friend – competed against 20 other applicants before City Manager Rolando Bono selected him as the lone finalist for the position.

Councilman Perez is right, it's time to change the dynamic. Remember, this is the office that lost, several times, important legal documents pertaining to the Lumberman's/PGA deal. Lost, folks. Apparently that's not just a show on ABC in San Antonio (ba dum bum).