City of Chino

Staff Report

Authorize an increase in the amount of $50,000 to Purchase Order Aleshire & Wynder LLP, Irvine, CA for City Attorney Services for Fiscal Year 2016-2017.


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Budget String

Revenue: Expenditure: 1002010-43500 Transfer In: 1002010-43500 Transfer Out: 1002020-43510



On November 30, 2016, Jimmy Gutierrez retired as City Attorney for the City of Chino. Prior to Mr. Gutierrez's retirement, the City Council directed staff to proceed with the recruitment process to fill this vacancy and issue a Request for Proposal (RFP).  The RFP closed on December 6, 2016 and the City received fourteen proposals from various law firmsThe City Attorney Review Subcommittee comprising of Mayor Ulloa and Council Member Elrod reviewed and ranked the proposals. On February 16, 2017, the City Council interviewed the three top-ranked firms and directed staff to conduct reference checks on the preferred firm as well as negotiate an agreement. Upon staff’s execution of these directives, the City Council approved a contract with the law firm of Aleshire & Wynder LLP in the amount of $100,000 on March 7, 2017.



Since the execution of this contract, City Attorney Fred Galante, as well as other attorneys with Aleshire & Wynder LLP have effectively familiarized themselves and absorbed a majority of pending legal issues with the City. During this period of transition, the amount of hours necessary for adequate legal counsel has exceeded staff’s initial expectations. The current not to exceed amount for Fiscal Year 2016-2017 is $100,000. Therefore, staff is recommending the City Council approve a Purchase Order increase of $50,000 to Aleshire & Wynder LLP, bringing the total authorized amount to $150,000 for FY 2016-2017.















Meeting History

Jun 20, 2017 7:00 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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MOVER:Tom Haughey, Mayor Pro Tem
SECONDER:Gary George, Council Member
AYES:Gary George, Eunice M. Ulloa, Tom Haughey, Earl C. Elrod