Administrator’s Note: This is the same law firm that represents the San Bernardino International Airport Authority, Inland Valley Development Agency and the City of San Bernardino Economic Development Agency.

No reason has been given for quitting, but it comes just as the city resumes a search for a new law firm

BY JOHN F. HILL
STAFF WRITER
johnhill@pe.com

Published: 26 October 2011 04:11 PM

Menifee’s city attorney is stepping down, about two weeks after the city restarted a search for a new law firm.

Karen Feld and her law firm, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, will end their contract with the city Nov. 1.

A letter from Betsy Martyn, Menifee’s original city attorney, who is still with the firm, to Mayor Wallace Edgerton did not give a reason for the firm’s decision to end its month-to-month contract.

“It has been an honor to serve as your City Attorney and I am proud of the achievements we have accomplished,” wrote Martyn, who also serves as Canyon Lake’s attorney.

Feld took over for Martyn in May 2010. Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith has represented the 3-year-old city since shortly after its incorporation.

City officials Wednesday scrambled to schedule a special City Council meeting to discuss finding a new attorney. It is set for 5 p.m. tonight.

The city attorney contract has been a Menifee political hot button several times in the past year and a half.

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