City considers temporary legal services

The City of Minot may seek to contract for temporary legal services until a new city attorney can be hired.

City Attorney John Van Grinsven’s last day was Jan. 3. He had worked for the city for five years.

His position still is being advertised. City spokesman Robert Lindee said there has not been enough interest yet to close the process and begin interviews.

The assistant city attorney, Kelly Hendershot, is handling prosecution cases in municipal court and has been assisting on day-to-day matters, he said.

The Minot City Council’s Finance and Improvements Committee will make a recommendation Tuesday on whether to contract for legal services until a full-time city attorney is hired. The finance office has determined there are several local attorneys with experience in municipal matters who might be willing to provide quotes for service. Funding for the contracts would come from salary savings.