The elected county attorney, Larry Schwartz, was hired as the temporary city attorney for the City of Arkansas City during a special meeting Tuesday.

Under the 90-day contract, Schwartz will make $3,000 per month as municipal court prosecutor, and another $2,000 per month for up to 30 hours for civil legal work, according to a contract unanimously approved by commissioners. He can 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. But he told city commissioners that he had the time to fulfill both roles.

The city attorney position came open last week when Tamara Niles resigned after 14 years. The city plans to form a committee to recommend a permanent replacement to commissioners.

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