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KRISTINE MOLLENKOPF NAMED AS CITY ATTORNEY
After a rigorous recruitment process, the Lincoln City Council has named Kristine Mollenkopf as the City’s first in-house City Attorney, to begin on January 2nd, 2018. Lincoln's current interim City Attorney, Bruce Cline, will be leaving his post on January 2nd, 2018, and will be assisting the City in ensuring a smooth transition to permanent counsel.
Mollenkopf has over 20 years of legal experience in both private and municipal practice. Most recently, she has served as the Assistant City Attorney for the City of Santa Maria, California, where she has been since 2015. Prior to that position, she spent over 15 years in private practice focusing upon municipal law and government entity representation. This experience, combined with an impressive history of professional recognition and community service commitments, lead the Lincoln City Council to select Mollenkopf for the critical position of City Attorney.
“Kristine Mollenkopf was selected because her experience and knowledge, as well as her perspective on the legal matters that come before the city, were viewed by the city council as ones needed by our city,” commented Outgoing Mayor Peter Gilbert. “She impressed everyone as a person that could step right in, work with staff and council, and bring excellent legal skills to Lincoln.”
On June 8th 2017, the City was notified by former legal counsel KMTG that they would be withdrawing from providing legal services to the City by July 31st, stating their decision was based on the City’s rapid growth which requires full-time attention of at least one attorney dedicated exclusively to Lincoln. At this time the City began to recruit for its first in-house City Attorney, while bringing Bruce Cline on as the Interim City Attorney. After an unsuccessful initial recruitment for the position, the City sought a second pool of applicants. Mollenkopf was chosen during this second round.