Coun­cil to mull nam­ing Ris­ner in­terim city at­tor­ney

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - FRONT PAGE - By John Glid­den jglid­[email protected]­al­don­ @glid24 on Twit­ter

Seek­ing to fa­cil­i­tate a “smooth tran­si­tion of lead­er­ship,” the Vallejo City Coun­cil is ex­pected to name Randy Ris­ner as in­terim city at­tor­ney on Tues­day.

City At­tor­ney Clau­dia Quin­tana an­nounced last Oc­to­ber that she planned to re­tire in April 2020 af­ter nearly a decade in the po­si­tion. Per her em­ploy­ment con­tract with the city, Quin­tana was re­quired to give a six month no­tice if she de­cided to re­tire.

If ap­pointed, Ris­ner will be­gin as in­terim ef­fec­tive Satur­day, while Quin­tana will re­main in an ad­vi­sory role un­til she re­tires on April 16, city staff wrote in a re­port to the city coun­cil.

“A crit­i­cal piece of a solid suc­ces­sion plan is hav­ing some over­lap in lead­er­ship to achieve that knowl­edge trans­fer,” the same staff re­port states. “Ad­di­tion­ally, given that cases are pend­ing that will con­tinue be­yond Ms. Quin­tana’s de­par­ture, it makes sense

for the city to name a new in­terim city at­tor­ney prior to her de­par­ture for con­ti­nu­ity of cases.”

Quin­tana’s sud­den re­tire­ment an­nounce­ment came soon af­ter it was re­ported that in April 2019 she had been re­buked by a pre­sid­ing Solano County judge of Solano County.

Judge John El­lis wrote in an let­ter to Quin­tana that she had vi­o­lated a fun­da­men­tal State Bar rules on pro­fes­sional con­duct by send­ing a note to county judges call­ing for action on il­le­gal dump­ing. In­cluded were judges who will over­see il­le­gal dump­ing cases filed in Vallejo. El­lis said this con­sti­tuted an “ex parte” conversati­on, a le­gal term that refers to im­proper com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween at­tor­neys and judges where not all rel­e­vant par­ties

are present.

Quin­tana dis­agreed stat­ing she only wished to make the court aware of the city’s push to stop il­le­gal dump­ing.

As chief as­sis­tant city at­tor­ney, Ris­ner makes an an­nual base salary of $190,000, ac­cord­ing to the un­rep­re­sented salary sched­ule. Ris­ner will make a 10 per­cent pay dif­fer­en­tial as in­terim.

He is ex­pected to re­main as in­terim city at­tor­ney un­til the coun­cil ap­points a new per­ma­nent city at­tor­ney. Ris­ner joined the city of Vallejo in 2018.

The Vallejo City Coun­cil will meet at 7 p.m., Tues­day, in­side the Vallejo City Hall Coun­cil Cham­bers, 555 Santa Clara.


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