The Beaverton City Council has promoted Bill Kirby, a 27-year veteran employee, to the position of city attorney.

Kirby, who most recently served as assistant city attorney, takes the place of Alan Rappleyea, who took the lead attorney position for Washington County government earlier this summer.

The city received eight resumes that met qualifications for the full-time position and seven that did not, said Bill LaMarche, city spokesman. The council interviewed seven of the eight qualified candidates.

After Mayor Dennis Doyle introduced him at Tuesday night's council meeting, Kirby said it was an 'honor and a privilege' to be the city's new legal counsel.

'This is a very exciting time to serve as Beaverton's city attorney,' Kirby said in a news release. 'I have the opportunity to help implement the vision that the community has given to the City Council and the mayor. I've been a part of this community for over 50 years, and it's truly an honor to assist the city.'

City Council President Cathy Stanton praised Kirby and his contributions to city government since he came on board in 1984 as city prosecutor.

'The City Council is excited to have Bill as city attorney for Beaverton,' she said. 'We had an excellent array of candidates to choose from, and Bill rose to the top. His professionalism, knowledge of the city and ability to explain the law and advise us will serve us well into the future.'

Kirby has also served as deputy city attorney and was principal legal adviser to the Beaverton Police Department.

Kirby, whose background is in contract and procurement law, real state transactions and public records law, has for years advised the council and mayor on strategic issues concerning the city's information-management policies and practices. He also has overseen development and implementation of contractual relationships between the city and Metro regional government and negotiated legal documents for the Providence Senior Housing project.

A local resident, Kirby completed his primary and secondary education in Beaverton schools and graduated from Sunset High School in 1976.

'I have a real affection for this community. I care deeply for my community because I've spent nearly my entire life here,' he said, adding he's optimistic about Beaverton's future.

'The city understands the importance of partnerships and being open and transparent,' he said. 'I'm looking forward to working with the City Council, mayor, staff and the community at large to continue to find ways to make Beaverton 'the Best of Oregon.'"

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