Firms to compete for city attorney position


The Atherton City Council agreed in principle, in a unanimous vote on Aug. 18, to invite area law firms to make their cases in a competition for the position of city attorney.

This situation came about because of the imminent dissolution of the Oakland- and Sacramento-based law firm McDonough, Holland & Allen, the firm of current city attorney Wynne S. Furth and her assistants.

Ms. Furth and her staff will remain in their Oakland offices, but on Aug. 30 will affiliate with Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP, a statewide firm with offices in Menlo Park, Ms. Furth told The Almanac.

The council agreed to a temporary contract with Ms. Furth's new firm, an arrangement that the town can cancel at any time, a lawyer for the firm said.

Meanwhile, the council is forming an ad hoc committee starting with council members Jim Dobbie and Elizabeth Lewis and to be filled out with residents experienced in the law, including lawyers and retired judges.

Mayor Kathy McKeithen in July noted considerable dissatisfaction with Ms. Furth's performance, an opinion not publicly supported by other members of the council.

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Posted by yeah bid
a resident of Atherton: other
on Sep 2, 2010 at 12:52 am

I think it is good Atherton is looking into ALL options

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Posted by Jon Buckheit
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Sep 2, 2010 at 1:09 am

"Ms. Furth and her staff will remain in their Oakland offices, but on Aug. 30 will affiliate with Burke, Williams & Sorensen"

Checking the Burke, Williams & Sorensen website, some of Furth's former "staff" at the McDonough firm are now partners at the Burke firm. Furth was not brought in as a partner at the Burke firm.

If her own law firm won't make a commitment to her, why should Atherton?

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Posted by perry mason
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Sep 4, 2010 at 10:39 am

The worst thing about politicians is that they cannot be trusted.

Furth went to bat for Lewis, Marsala and Carlson. What did Furth get in return? It looks like she got a knife in the back.

So much for one good scratching of the back derserves another.

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 4, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Perry Mason:

it ain't over till it's over. I'd put money on Furth ending up with the new contract. The "dirty three" must keep up appearances don't ya know.

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