City Council actions result in shuffling of city's legal representation

Peter Watts

The city of Scappoose has brought on two attorneys from the Lake Oswego firm Jordan Ramis PC to represent general matters of the City Council.

The City Council initially terminated its contract with Jordan Ramis Jan. 2, but reversed its decision Jan. 6. The reversal is the result of the council’s decision to use the firm for municipal legal counsel, but also hire a second attorney to handle employment issues.

Although the city will retain its Jordan Ramis contract, the attorney who once represented the firm for Scappoose, Ron Guerra, will no longer represent the city.

Scappoose’s new city attorneys, Peter Watts and Shelby Rihala, will fill in for one another in order to serve the City Council’s needs.

Shelby RihalaRihala said she would likely not be involved in ongoing matters regarding investigations into Scappoose Police Chief Doug Greisen. Watts confirmed he and Tim Ramis, a partner of the firm, would be handling those issues.

Rihala said she and Watts are still working out how they will split up their time at the city and indicated they would likely not be appearing in Scappoose together.

“We’re still figuring that out for ourselves, based on ability and preference,” she said.

Interim City Manager Don Otterman said he sent out a request for proposal this week to hire a third attorney to deal with employment and personnel matters, which has a response deadline of Feb. 14.

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