Wynetta Massey has been appointed as interim city attorney effective January 3. She succeeds City Attorney Chris Melcher who is returning to private practice. Massey has been deputy city attorney and legislative counsel to City Council and will appoint a new legislative counsel from within the city attorney’s office existing staff.
Melcher, who will serve as a consultant and maintain a City office through January 31, will be available for assistance and consultation through July 31.
A longtime member of the City’s legal team, Massey has worked in a variety of progressively responsible roles over the past twenty-four years.
“I appreciate the Mayor’s confidence in me and this opportunity to serve the legal needs of the Mayor, City Council and the City during this interim period,” Massey said in a news release.
While serving as interim city attorney, Massey will receive the standard 10 percent increase to her current salary of $139,277. Mayor Steve Bach said he chose Massey because of her “tremendous institutional knowledge, professional skill sets and decades of municipal government experience.”