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CML Newsletter
January 1, 2021

By Laurel Witt, CML associate counsel

Each year, the Metro City Attorney Association (MCAA) honors municipal attorneys who make significant contributions to their cities. This year’s award recipients skillfully assisted their cities in the response to the pandemic and exceeded the expectations of their positions. Robert Sheesley, city attorney for Commerce City, received the Outstanding City Attorney Award. Sheesley engages with the greater municipal community, represents Commerce City competently and professionally, and earns the respect of his colleagues and staff.

Two attorneys received the award for Outstanding Deputy or Assistant City Attorney – Kwali Farbes with the City and County of Denver and Nina Williams with Murray Dahl Beery & Renaud LLP. As assistant director of municipal operations, Farbes works tirelessly to lead her team well. In addition to regular duties and responding to the pandemic, Farbes spearheaded the creation of an Equity, Race and Social Justice program for the City Attorney’s Office.

Williams represents the City of Salida as city attorney and the City of Fort Morgan as assistant city attorney. Williams cheerfully provides day-to-day service on a myriad of issues, all while thinking and talking twice as fast as the client does. This year, Williams worked on controversial affordable housing projects, fought frivolous Independent Ethics Commission complaints against councilmembers, and resolved a complex and fractious pay issue in the police department.

Jenna Roth, deputy city attorney with the City of Lakewood, accepted the Special Recognition Award for her excellent work with implementing new criminal laws in Lakewood and for being on the frontline in responding to the pandemic. In the words of Tim Cox, Lakewood city attorney, Roth has "risen to the occasion to help make life in the pandemic just a little bit easier."

CML extends a sincere and hearty congratulations to all award recipients.
Well done!


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