FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 27, 2011
Contact: Kim McMillan, 704-336-2643
Kelly Setzer, 704-336-4287
Bob Hagemann has been selected as the new City Attorney for the City of Charlotte. Hagemann will assume the title in January after more than three years as Senior Deputy City Attorney, seven years as Senior Assistant City Attorney, and 17 total years in the City Attorney’s office for the City of Charlotte.
In addition to serving as chief legal counsel to the Mayor and City Council, the City Manager, and other City officials and employees, Hagemann will oversee the representation of the City of Charlotte, its officers and employees in litigation filed by or against the City. Hagemann will advise and render legal opinions on specific issues to ensure that actions taken by the City will not conflict with applicable laws and administrative rules. Additionally, all ordinances and resolutions adopted by City Council are drafted or reviewed by the City Attorney or a member of his/her staff. All legal documents to which the City is a party are also drafted or reviewed by the City Attorney’s office.
In his previous positions within the City Attorney’s office, Hagemann has served as legal counsel to various City departments and boards including the City Clerk, Transportation, Economic Development, Finance, Business Support Services, Aviation, and Storm Water Services. His duties have included developing and presenting policy issues to City Council and representing the City on First Amendment and land use litigation matters.
Mayor Anthony Foxx recently said of the appointment: “I am pleased to announce Bob Hagemann as Charlotte’s next City Attorney. His strong command of the law, no-nonsense style, and integrity will make him very successful. We are looking forward to his leadership.”
Hagemann came to the City with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Northwestern University and a J.D. from UNC Chapel Hill. He is a 1992 graduate of the North Carolina Institute of Government’s Municipal Administration course.
Hagemann will succeed Mac McCarley as City Attorney upon his retirement at the end of the year. The City Attorney is one of three positions that reports directly to the Mayor and City Council, who are also responsible for appointing and evaluating this position.