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SUBJECT: City Attorney-Elect Pete Holmes Fills Key Positions in Law Department Reorganization

12/4/2009  9:00:00 AM
Kimberly Mills  (206) 684-8602

City Attorney-Elect Pete Holmes Fills Key Positions in Law Department Reorganization

City Attorney-elect Pete Holmes has named his chief of staff and new division chiefs in a reorganization of the City of Seattle Law Department. The new additions to the office represent a fresh focus on customer service, and an emphasis on providing outstanding legal advice for the City and the greater good.

Holmes’ decisive victory in the November election underscored the voters' desire for change. Holmes' election was the first time in 32 years that a challenger ousted an incumbent City Attorney. Voters clearly want a revitalized City Law Department, which has operated almost without change since 1989.

"The goal is to keep doing what we do best and expand upon that," said Holmes. "Key to my mission will be building trusting relationships with elected officials and department heads so that we can successfully get in front of their legal challenges."

The new additions to the office are:

Chief of Staff, Darby DuComb - Current director of the city's Customer Service Bureau since 2007, DuComb is a former public defender and assistant city attorney with expertise in land use litigation and resolving neighborhood problems. An experienced change agent within the city bureaucracy, she will bring a renewed emphasis on great customer service that will enable Holmes to better serve the City and its communities.

Criminal Division Chief, Craig Sims - With a wealth of criminal litigation and trial experience, and a passion for juvenile and civil rights issues, Sims is poised to provide expert guidance on some of the city’s toughest criminal cases. He spent more than a decade in the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, is past president of the Loren Miller Bar Association, and led Seattle University Law School students to the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition national finals in 2007 and 2009.

Civil Division Chief, Jean Boler - A valuable member of the City Attorney's office since 2001, Boler has been a civil litigator specializing in complex litigation for more than twenty years. She is currently the Employment Section director, and is highly respected within the Civil Division and among the Division’s clients. She will oversee the Civil Division, which includes employment, torts, utilities, environmental, contracts, land use, civil enforcement and municipal law.


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