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Mayor Parker taps 1st woman city attorney

News from the City of Houston:

Mayor Annise Parker has selected Donna Edmundson to be the new city attorney.  Upon confirmation by City Council, Edmundson will become the first woman to hold the position.  She has nearly 30 years of experience with the City Legal Department.

“With just a year left in my term and a wealth of internal talent, I did not see a need to consider an outside candidate,” said Mayor Parker.  “Multiple employees were interviewed from within the department, and I concluded Donna is the best choice.  She has deep and broad experience in matters of law and management.  I particularly like that her recent experience has been in the area of neighborhood protection, which is one of my top priorities.”

Edmundson has been practicing law in the City Legal Department since 1986.  Since 2008, she has served as Chief of the department’s Neighborhood Services Section.  Her current responsibilities include managing 25 attorneys and support staff as well as providing legal advice regarding neighborhood issues to various city departments. She has pursued legal action against the owners of dangerous buildings and works closely with the Houston Police Department (HPD) on gang, drug and vice related matters. Her work targeting a north side gang known as the Hollywood Click resulted in a 40 percent reduction in criminal activity in a 48 square mile area on Houston’s north side.  She was also intimately involved in the settlement that ended long-standing litigation between 16 area topless clubs and the City.  The agreement set new regulations for operation of the clubs and provided funding for creation of a human trafficking unit within HPD.

Prior to being named to the management position of section chief, Edmundson served as a Senior Assistant City Attorney.  She has a law degree from South Texas College of Law and a B.A. from Sam Houston State University.

Edmundson will replace David Feldman, who is resigning effective January 16, 2015, to go into practice with his son.

City Council is expected to consider Edmundson’s confirmation in two weeks.

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