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City must restart search for attorney

The city of Bainbridge Island is starting its search over for a new city attorney after being rejected by its first top pick.

City Manager Doug Schulze had found a candidate and expected to bring the lawyer on board in April, but negotiations for the position halted the process.

"We had offered the position and the individual wanted more money than what our base scale provides for," Schulze said. "So we are going to have to reopen the search."

The position for Bainbridge Island's city attorney pays $115,000 to $144,000 annually.

Schulze said that the search for a new attorney has been put on hold for the immediate future, but that he will begin looking again in three to six months.

In the meantime, the city will continue to contract with the Seattle-based law firm of Ogden Murphy Wallace.

The city has been using the firm's services since the previous city attorney, Will Patton, left the position at the end of 2012.

The city's bills for Ogden Murphy Wallace have been $31,398 for services in March, $16,502 for February, and $3,677 for January.

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