The City of Manhattan has announced in a press release it has appointed a new city attorney.
Katharine “Katie” Jackson has been named City Attorney for the City of Manhattan. City Manager Ron Fehr announced the appointment today.
Jackson will be responsible for providing legal expertise in a broad variety of municipal matters, including contracts and franchises, land use, real estate, employment law, ordinances and code provisions, intergovernmental agreements, as well as directing prosecution, litigation and external counsel. The City Attorney represents the municipality, providing legal advice and counsel to City staff and the City Commission.
“I am extremely pleased to promote Katie to her former position as City Attorney,” Fehr said. “She has performed commendably during her tenure as Interim City Attorney and in her prior positions with the City. She will continue to provide a wealth of municipal law expertise to the City’s management team, to the City Commission, as well as provide effective leadership to meet the current and future demands of our legal department.”
Jackson started with the City in June 2003 as Assistant City Attorney and was promoted in December 2011 to Deputy City Attorney. She was then promoted to the position of City Attorney in May 2012. She resigned her position in December 2012 and accepted an advisor/faculty position at Kansas State University. She rejoined the City in January 2014 as Assistant City Attorney and has served as Interim City Attorney since August 2015. Jackson earned her bachelor’s degree in public relations from Kansas State University and her law degree from the University of Colorado.
“It has been a considerable privilege to work for and with the City Commission and City staff, and I appreciate the opportunity to serve as City Attorney,” Jackson said.