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Jackie Kovilaritch becomes St. Pete's first female city attorney

Jackie Kovilaritch will replace her retiring boss as St. Petersburg’s city attorney.
Jackie Kovilaritch will replace her retiring boss as St. Petersburg’s city attorney.
Published May 8, 2015

Jackie Kovilaritch has made history. Mayor Rick Kriseman's choice for the city's first female city attorney was hailed as a keen legal mind and a trailblazer.

She will take over on Aug. 1 for John Wolfe, her longtime boss who is retiring.

Kovilaritch, 48, joined the city's legal office in 2000. Last year, she was promoted to Wolfe's top assistant. She has taken the lead in many critical city issues, including negotiations with the Tampa Bay Rays over the team's desire to search in Hillsborough County for a new stadium site.

The council vote to confirm her was unanimous.

"This is just another barrier we're breaking down," Kriseman said.

Times staff