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North Miami to make city attorney decision at Tuesday’s meeting

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North Miami City Hall ldixon@miamiherald.com

North Miami has been without a full-time city attorney since June 2015 and hopes to fill the position at its city council meeting Tuesday.

It’s the latest step in a process that has included search committees and false starts including the selection of an attorney, Valria Screen, whose contract wasn’t approved last December.

Council members chose to restart the process and voted in December to consider a new batch of attorneys and firms. The latest call resulted in more than 75 applicants and four firms to handle the city’s legal duties.

The current plan is to have council members propose a hire from the entire list, which would be similar to how incoming city manager Larry Spring was hired last month.

“We’ve never done it like this before,” Councilman Scott Galvin said.

Late last year, the city appointed a search committee to narrow a large group of applicants down to a handful of candidates.

The new list of applicants also includes Screen and attorneys from various firms and private practices in Miami-Dade and Broward and some from Naples, Orlando, Tampa and other parts of Florida.

The city’s previous attorney, Regine Monestime, was fired last June after working with North Miami for about three years. Roland Galdos has served as interim city attorney since Monestime’s contract was terminated.

The council meeting takes place 7 p.m. Tuesday at North Miami City Hall, 776 NE 125th St.

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