May 14, 2001
City of Bothell hires City Attorney
Bothell - The City of Bothell announces the hiring of its first-ever City Attorney.
Michael Weight comes to the city with more than 20 years of legal experience in municipal government. Weight has worked for the cities of Burien, Everett and Vancouver, Wash.
Most recently, Weight comes from the City of Burien where he has worked since 1999. As Burien's City Attorney, Weight was responsible for establishing various city programs. Examples include:
€ Crime Free Rental Housing (renters pay a rental housing license fee and funds are dedicated to fighting crime in Burien),
€ Adopting regulations restricting where and how adult entertainment businesses can operate, and
€ Adopting an ordinance allowing city police to impound vehicles operated by drivers with a suspended license.
Weight is also very involved in the City of Mill Creek where he is the Mill Creek Planning Commission Chair and is a Civil Service Commission member.
He has lived in the Mill Creek area since 1983 and enjoys snow skiing and reading.
Weight reports to City Manager Jim Thompson and began his new post on May 14.
"With Michael's experience in the legal aspects of local government, his expertise will benefit all of our city departments," said City Manager Jim Thompson. "By bringing the city's legal services in-house, it will provide substantial savings and a full-time commitment to our taxpayers."
For several years, the city contracted with the Seattle law firm of Ogden, Murphy and Wallace.
"Ogden, Murphy and Wallace has provided exceptional service to our City for many years. We are simply at a point where it would be greatly beneficial to have an attorney that is dedicated to the City's needs on a full-time basis," added Thompson.