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Farrar named Evanston city attorney

Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz has named W. Grant Farrar the new city attorney and corporation counsel.

Along with the appointment, Bobkiewicz is also reorganizing  the city's law department.

Corporation Counsel Jack Siegel will now become of counsel to the city and Interim First Assistant Corporation Counsel Elke Purze will become deputy city attorney.

Farrar, who is is currently a partner at the Bollinger, Ruberry and Garvey law firm in Chicago, will start work at the city Nov. 30.

He has worked for twelve years representing the State of Illinois and local government clients in a wide variety of cases both in private practice and as an assistant Cook County state’s attorney and as assistant counsel to the speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives.

Farrar received a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Iowa and a juris doctor degree from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

“Mr. Farrar brings to Evanston not only outstanding experience representing local governments on a variety of matters in Illinois, but also proven management of legal affairs. This combination of legal experience and law firm management skills will be of great benefit to the City of Evanston,” said Bobkiewicz.

“With Mr. Farrar’s arrival, it is also an opportunity to recognize the outstanding service of Jack Siegel to the City of Evanston. Siegel’s 46 years of service as Evanston’s corporation counsel was marked by tremendous periods of change in the community and in the city government. I am pleased that Jack will remain associated with the City as of counsel,” Bobkiewicz added.

With the reorganization of the law department, the city attorney/corporation counsel position will return to being feld by a a full time city employee.

Farrar and his wife Shannon live in Evanston with their daughter Alexandra.

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