Larry Schwartz continues to serve as the city attorney for Arkansas City as city officials work to find a permanent replacement.
Schwartz, whose full-time job is the elected county attorney, has been in the temporary position about five months, since the resignation of Tamara Niles in September.
The city plans to break up the job into two positions. One will do traditional city attorney work and a second will serve as city prosecutor in municipal court.
Public Information Officer Andrew Lawson said interviews are being conducted with multiple candidates for both attorney positions. He said both positions will be hired by the city manager, and the contracts will then be presented to the commission for approval.
“Nothing specific has been scheduled yet for city commission action,” Lawson said Monday. “There may be something on the next agenda.”
Schwartz was hired on a 90-day contract that is now being renewed on a month-to-month basis, Lawson said. Schwartz makes $3,000 per month as municipal court prosecutor, and another $2,000 per month for up to 30 hours for civil legal work. He can also bill the city for $125 per hour for time beyond 30 hours per month.
Schwartz was elected in 2016 as county attorney and leads a team of criminal prosecutors for Cowley County.