NEW PORT RICHEY — City Council members this week picked a familiar face to serve as city attorney: Michael Davis, of the Tampa firm Bryant Olive Miller, who had been serving as interim city attorney since February.
Davis came on board after the abrupt January resignation of the city's former attorney of 16 years, Tom Morrison, following a disagreement he had with City Manager John Schneiger.
The city will pay Davis a monthly retainer of $6,800, a reduction from the $7,500-a-month he received during his tenure as interim city attorney. Schneiger said the savings came through negotiations, and the contract will be for one year.
Davis told the council Tuesday evening that his firm also eliminated an hourly rate that would have taken effect for extra hours in addition to the retainer, and should the council look to terminate the contract, only 15 days notice would be needed.
Davis brings extensive experience serving local governments. He served as St. Petersburg's city attorney for 19 years before retiring in 2000, and is also city attorney for St. Pete Beach.