MANHATTAN, Kan. – Bill H. Raymond will be named City Attorney for the City of Manhattan effective December 17, 2012 to replace Katharine (Katie) Jackson who has resigned as City Attorney effective December 14, 2012. Ron R. Fehr, City Manager, for the City of Manhattan, announced today.
Fehr said, “I am extremely pleased to bring someone with the breadth of legal experience and expertise that Bill will bring to the position of City Attorney. He will be able to contribute immediately to the City’s legal workload and will be an asset to the City’s management team, to the City Commission, as well as provide effective leadership to meet the current and future demands of our Legal Department.”
Raymond will be responsible for providing legal expertise in a broad variety of municipal matters, including legal advice and counsel to City staff, elected officials, contracts and franchises, land use, real estate, employment law, ordinances and code provisions, intergovernmental agreements, as well as directing prosecution, litigation and external counsel. He has served as Chief Assistant County Counselor for Sedgwick, County, Kansas, since 2007, providing a broad range of municipal government experience and legal advice to elected and appointed officials, department heads and staff. Prior to his current position, Mr. Raymond was in private practice in Wichita, Kansas, from 2000 – 2007. He also worked for the law office of Shultz, Lonker & Raymond, Wichita, Kansas, from 1994 - 1999.
Raymond is a member of the International Municipal Lawyers Association, the County Counselor’s Association of Kansas, the National Association of District Attorneys, the Wichita Bar Association, and the Kansas Bar Association. He received the 2009 Sedgwick County Board of County Commissioners Chairman’s Award as attorney member of Unified Zoning Code Review Committee, was a founding board member of the Sedgwick County Animal Rescue Team, and a volunteer/supporter of Tornado Alley Young Marines. He has also been a presenter at the County Counselor’s Association of Kansas, Kansas Association of Planning and Zoning Officials, Wichita-Sedgwick County Law Enforcement Training Center, Sedgwick County Legal Considerations for Supervisors, and Mock Trials for Fire Investigators of Sedgwick County Fire District One. He graduated from the Washburn University School of Law, with honors in 1992. He is married to Christina, and has two children, Rachel, a sophomore at Cleveland Institute of Art, and one son, Zachary, a freshman in high school.
Raymond replaces the vacancy that will be left by Katie Jackson. Jackson started with the City in June 2003 as Assistant City Attorney and was promoted in December 2011 to Deputy City Attorney. She was then promoted to the position of City Attorney in May 2012, after the retirement of long-time City Attorney Bill Frost. Jackson has accepted a position as Associate Graduate Faculty and Academic Advisor for the Department of Political Science at Kansas State University. She will teach courses related to local government, and the part-time position will allow more time with her family.
City Manager Fehr said, “Katie has served the citizens of Manhattan well and has done a tremendous job during her tenure with the City. Her municipal law expertise and dedication as a public servant will be greatly missed. We wish Katie the very best.”
“It has been an honor and a pleasure to work for the City of Manhattan for nearly a decade,” stated Jackson. “My colleagues at City Hall are exceptional professionals who are dedicated to serving the citizens of Manhattan. Although I will miss being a part of the City, I look forward to working with K-State students, faculty and staff.”