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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/16/15, 9:12 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> After five months serving as the interim city attorney, the City Council has agreed to retain Richard Adams on a permanent basis.

Adams has been filling in since November following the resignation of then City Attorney Kimberly Hall Barlow. The City Council on Monday night also agreed to designate Yolanda Summerhill as assistant city attorney.

Barlow began serving as the city attorney for West Covina late last year and decided she could not serve Upland in the same capacity, said City Manager Rod Butler.

“There was so much going on at West Covina that she had to take more and more time there. She is also sought out throughout the state in municipal law,” he said.

Butler said the city was under contract with the Fullerton-based law firm Jones and Mayer until October. The city then approached the firm who suggested Adams on an interim basis.

“The council was comfortable with that and bringing him in on an interim basis to see how that worked out,” Butler said.

Councilman Gino Filippi said Adams has been a good fit for the city.

“I think Rich is steady and fair-minded and at the end of the day has demonstrated his skills,” he said.

At a recent closed session, Butler said, the council directed him to amend Adams and Summerhill’s agreements to retain them on a permanent basis.

“I think his personality and style have worked well with the council,” Butler said.

Adams has 24 years of municipal law, land-use and redevelopment law experience, serving as the city attorney for Grand Terrace and Maywood. He also serves as the assistant city attorney for Whittier and deputy city attorney for the cities of Fullerton, Costa Mesa, La Habra, Blythe and West Covina.

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