Applications for a City Attorney who will serve the remaining year of the current term are now being accepted, the City of Long Beach announced Friday. The position was vacated on July 2 when longtime City Attorney Robert Shannon officially retired. 

City council last month selected Assistant City Attorney Charles Parkin to serve as acting city attorney until a permanent city attorney is chosen to fill the remainder of Shannon’s term, which expires July 14, 2014. Parkin was named by Shannon in a Press-Telegram story as his preferred successor.

After voting earlier this week on a process for interviewing candidates for the position, city council announced it would be accpeting applications through Friday, July 26. Parkin and any other qualified candidates can now apply.

According to a press release announcing the application process, the City Attorney is the “sole and exclusive legal advisor of the City, City Council and all City commissions, committees, officers and employees.”

The City Attorney must be a resident of Long Beach and must have been qualified to practice in all the courts of the State of California for at least five years.

Additional information about the position and the selection process is available at

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