Lincoln City Attorney Rod Confer has announced his retirement Thursday after four years on the job. Mayor Chris Beutler appointed Assistant City Attorney Jeff Kirkpatrick to fill the post beginning June 1st.
Beutler said Kirkpatrick worked closely with Lincoln Fire and Rescue, Lincoln City Libraries, the City Clerk’s Office, Risk Management, the Airport Authority’s Economic Development Board and the West Haymarket JPA. He also served as the city’s lobbyist over the last two years.
In a statement, Mayor Beutler said, “I have worked very closely with Jeff, in particular during the legislative sessions. I am impressed by his intellect, his ability to analyze and explain complex issues and his broad experience with a wide range of legal issues. Rod leaves big shoes to fill, but I have no doubt that Jeff is up to the task.”
The Lincoln City Attorney’s Office has a staff of about 30. It provides legal advice to the mayor, city council, departments, committees and commissions. It also initiates and defends legal actions on behalf of the city.