BI city attorney resigns after 6 years

Bainbridge Island City Attorney Joe Levan has resigned after six years for personal reasons.

His last day was Jan. 13. Jim Haney of Ogden will act as interim city attorney.

Hiring efforts for a new city attorney are underway. “I am dedicated to making the transition smooth and productive,” Levan said.

City Manager Blair King said, “Joe Levan has been a dedicated employee and provided the city with ethical service. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Haney has served as BI’s interim city attorney before. He has over 40 years of experience as the contract city attorney for several Washington cities. Haney is a member and former chair of the Ogden Murphy Wallace Attorneys’ Municipal practice area.

The city attorney plans, directs and supervises legal services for the city, providing counsel to the city manager, City Council, staff and citizen committees and commissions. Other duties include participating in decisions related to general city policies and operations; the provision of legal advice to guide city policies, decisions, and activities; drafts and interprets city ordinances and resolutions; and negotiates contracts and agreements with outside governmental agencies and private concerns.