The City Council unanimously voted to retain Inslee Best as the city’s law firm at its March 25 business meeting.
Inslee Best has represented the city since the mid-2000s. In a March 12 memorandum, Mayor Don Gough had recommended a contract with Ogden, Murphy, Wallace “based upon the primary issue of cost reduction and the various factors considered during the selection process.”
Gough added “the council may wish to continue a contract with the higher cost of the current city attorney firm.”
City Council President Loren Simmonds offered the motion to retain Inslee Best.
“The best choice at this point of time is the company of Inslee Best,” he said. “It provides us with … continuity, which I think is important. It lets us continue working with people that I think we have confidence in.”
Simmonds said he would be open to exploring other options in the future, but recommended that the city retain Inslee Best.