It’s Politics: La Habra Heights city attorney resigns

La Habra Heights City Attorney Holly Whatley has announced her resignation, effective Jan. 31[, 2014].

Whatley, who replaced Sandra Levin about a year ago, said during Thursday’s City Council meeting that her firm, Colantuono and Levin, would no longer be representing the city.

“It seemed to me that my ability to be effective for the city is not what it once was, and it’s in the city’s interest to resign my position as city attorney.”

Whatley later declined to explain any further her comments.

Whatley said she delayed her resignation to give the City Council time to find another attorney.

She is the fifth attorney to represent the city in its 35-year history and her firm is only the second.

“I want to thank you for all your hard work for the city,” Councilman Brian Bergman told Whatley.

On Friday, Mayor Roy Francis said he was surprised by the resignation.

“But we’ll just have to move on and look for another one,” Francis said.

Councilman Kyle Miller said he appreciates the work from Whatley’s firm and the job she did individually.

Whatley has had to represent the city during the past few months in the dispute over the City Hall renovation, including an appeal of a conditional use permit allowing the construction to go ahead.

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