Thornton begins work finding new city attorney

Liam Adams
ladams@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 5/24/21

With the help of an executive search firm, the city of Thornton and the city council will spend the coming weeks selecting a new city attorney. The process to hire a permanent city attorney follows …

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Thornton begins work finding new city attorney

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With the help of an executive search firm, the city of Thornton and the city council will spend the coming weeks selecting a new city attorney.

The process to hire a permanent city attorney follows the termination of former City Attorney Luis Corchado in January. For $18,500 to the city, recruitment firm Prothman will collect applications over the next five weeks and narrow down a list of finalists, who councilors will interview and choose from.

The process to hire a permanent city attorney comes at a uniquely critical moment for the city because of its legal disputes surrounding the Thornton Water Project, the city’s proposed water pipeline from Larimer County.

Corchado was one of the lead attorneys on the Thornton Water Project until the city council dramatically and unexpectedly voted 5-4 to fire him in January. In March, the city council approved a release agreement with Corchado that paid him more than $125,000. The release agreement “recognizes that there is a bona fide dispute between himself and the City.” Mayor Jan Kulmann, who initiated the move to fire Corchado said she was protecting city employees from a “toxic work environment” under Corchado, a claim Corchado fiercely disputes.

Since Corchado’s termination, the assistant city attorney who served under Corchado, John Mallonee, resigned to take a position in Denver, said Thornton spokesperson Todd Barnes. Also, the city council appointed Bill Tuthill as interim city attorney and Thornton hired another full- attorney to handle water-related issues.

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