Fort Lauderdale closer to getting new city attorney

Sun Sentinel

Fort Lauderdale’s search committee for a new city attorney decided Wednesday to forward five names to city commissioners for their consideration, including two current assistant city attorneys.

The seven-member search committee interviewed ten candidates last week to replace City Attorney Harry Stewart. Stewart, who is one of the members of the search committee, retired last year but continues to hold the position until a replacement is on board.

The committee's five finalists are assistant city attorneys Paul Bangel and Robert Dunckel, Fort Myers Assistant City Attorney Mark Moriarty, Pinecrest Village Attorney Cynthia Everett, and Port St. Lucie Senior Assistant City Attorney Pam Booker.

Everett was on the list of all seven committee members. Booker was named by six, Dunckel by five and Bangel and Moriarty by four each.

The committee agreed not to rank the finalists and to send their names in alphabetical order to the commission. While it’s likely commissioners would select one of the finalists, they are not required to do so.

Deputy Broward County Attorney Noel Pfeffer just missed making the cut, named by only three of the search members.

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