Seattle Won't Renew Law Firm Contract For Police Help

Law360, New York (May 4, 2011, 3:31 PM EDT) -- Seattle's city attorney said Tuesday that he would accept bids for legal work on behalf of the city's police department after the expiration of an exclusive contract with a private law firm that had lasted nearly 40 years.

City Attorney Pete Holmes said his office would save an estimated $800,000 per year through a competitive bidding process and by in-sourcing some work.

"It's a tough time budget-wise," Holmes said. "We can pay top fees to [Stafford Frey Cooper], and then wonder why we can't put officers...
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