When the Golden City Council meets next month, a new face will be sitting in the city attorney’s chair. On June 8, the city council voted unanimously to make Kathie Guckenberger Golden’s next …
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When the Golden City Council meets next month, a new face will be sitting in the city attorney’s chair.
On June 8, the city council voted unanimously to make Kathie Guckenberger Golden’s next city attorney. Guckenberger takes over for Dave Williamson, who informed the city in March that he was planning to retire after spending 13 years serving the city as city attorney.
“Dave, you were the epitome of professionalism, wisdom and calm and we will greatly miss you,” said City Councilman Rob Reed during the meeting.
Guckenberger is an attorney with Michow Cox & McAskin LLP, a Greenwood Village law firm that advises and serves local governments on a myriad of issues, including municipal law, land use and development matters and real estate, according to its website.
Councilman Paul Haseman said city attorney Jason Slowinski made the final decision to go with Guckenberger after Haseman and Reed reviewed applications for the position and visited the firms’ offices.
“We got introduced to all of the other attorne’s in their office and they all seemed very friendly and engaging…,” Haseman said. “We were pleased with all of the attributes, but particularly some of those that would be important to Golden that this firm had that will be of assistance to our city.”
According to her bio, Guckenberger currently serves as the city attorney for Cherry Hills Village and the town attorney for the town of Bow Mar. She has also previously assisted with her firm’s representation of Lakewood, Lone Tree, Leadville and Castle Pines. Since 2013, she has served as a hearing officer for the city of Fort Collins on marijuana licensing matters.
Guckenberger received her law degree from Boston College in 1992. She began her legal career by working in the Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office in Tampa, Florida, where she was responsible for providing legal advice concerning employee relations, benefits, and contractual issues for more than 4,000 public employees.
As city attorney, Guckenberger will be responsible for providing “general legal services” to the city. Those services include preparing resolutions, ordinances, agreements and other routine city documents and then providing legal advice regarding the enforcement of ordinances, zoning standards and other city laws.
Guckenberger will also be expected to attend all city council meetings to provide advice during those meetings and monitor and advise the city on new legislation and court decisions that could impact the city. Other duties will include providing legal advice on personnel matters and legal training to city staff.
During the meeting, Reed said one “unintended consequence” of the council recent choice to move its regular meetings from Thursdays to Tuesdays was that the city “probably did not get as many applicants as we would’ve liked.”
“I will tell you the ones we got we were really impressed by,” said Reed. “So it was a very close call.”
Reed also said the decision to move to a different law firm was in no way a reflection of Williamson.
“If we could’ve kept you forever we probably would have,” said Reed of Williamson. “So thank you for your years of service. And Kathie, I think you’ll have a hard time being here as long as Dave has been here but we hope you are.”
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