Coon Rapids begins search for a new city attorney

The search is on for a new Coon Rapids City Attorney.

Stoney Hiljus, who was city attorney for the past five years, left earlier this month after being appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton to a judgeship in Kanabec County. He is chambered in Mora.

The city attorney’s position has been advertised, but only in Minnesota.

“We want someone who is familiar with Minnesota law,” said City Manager Matt Fulton, who will make the appointment.

Deadline for applications is May 11.

Following application screenings and interview, Fulton hopes to have the new city attorney on board by early August, he said.

In the meantime, Fulton has named Dave Brodie, one of two assistant city attorney’s in the office, as interim city attorney.

And to assist with prosecutions during the city attorney search process, the city is contracting with Mike Scott, an attorney in Anoka, for prosecutorial services, according to Fulton.

The city attorney’s office prosecutes gross misdemeanor, misdemeanor and petty misdemeanor crimes occurring in Coon Rapids.

The office also represents the city and advises and represents the council in all legal matters, as well as providing a wide range of legal services to city officials and departments.