Council will have 5 city attorney applicants to choose from |

Council will have 5 city attorney applicants to choose from

— The new Steamboat Springs City Council, which will be sworn in next month, just inherited another big task.

In addition to hiring a new city manager, the council will also hire a new city attorney to replace retiring attorney Tony Lettunich.

It will be the first time in 21 years the council has hired a new city attorney.

The council was asked Tuesday night which candidates they would like to interview for the job, but the council agreed it would be better to delay the hiring process until a new council majority is seated.

Lettunich, who has practiced law in Steamboat for almost 40 years, said he would continue working until a new attorney is hired.

The new council will have five candidates to choose from.

About the candidates:

Dan Foote

Foote has worked as the city of Steamboat’s staff attorney and assistant city attorney for 17 years. In his application, he said his employment with the city “provides me with an intimate familiarity with the city’s institutional history.”

Prior to moving to Steamboat, Foote was a public defender in Denver, where he conducted more than 40 jury and court trials as lead counsel.

Foote earned his law degree from the University of Oregon, where he graduated with a GPA that ranked sixth out of his class of 112.

Bob Choate

Choate is currently the assistant county attorney in Weld County. He has practiced local government law in northern Colorado for the past seven years with Weld County and the city of Greeley. Prior to that, he provided legal services to the University of Oklahoma Student Government Association. Choate was recently a finalist for the Routt County attorney position.

John Rawcliffe

Rawcliffe is the deputy legal counsel for the United States Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany. There, he provides legal counsel to the Department of Defense organization responsible for all military activities in Africa.

As a government attorney, Rawcliffe said he has advised leaders and managers of federal installations in Alaska, Virginia, Washington and overseas.

He has also worked as a prosecutor.

Jim Moylan

Moylan has practiced law at his firm, James J. Moylan and Associates, in Steamboat Springs since 2003. He is also an adjunct professor of law at the Unviersity of Denver and Colorado Mountain College. He has been involved with several local community groups and organizations and recently served as the president of the Rotary Club.

Daniel Brotzman

Brotzman has been the city attorney in Englewood since 1995. In Englewood, Brotzman served on a team charged with securing water rights for the city and also formed a legal entity to protect the city’s water supply.

He said he has also streamlined the city’s system for traffic offenses and juvenile offenders and collaborated with the city’s human resources department to produce fair and equitable employment, compensation and disciplinary systems.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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