Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz has announced that Deputy City Attorney Michelle Masoncup has agreed to serve as interim corporation counsel while the city conducts a search for a replacement for Corporation Counsel Grant Farrar.

Farrar is leaving to take a job with GovHR USA. His last day with the city is today. Masoncup will begin her new duties Monday.

Masoncup has worked in the city’s Law Department since 2010 and has been deputy city attorney since 2013.

Her work focuses in the areas of land use, zoning, contracts, commercial real estate, legislative drafting, property tax issues, ethics, and compliance with Local Records Act and Open Meetings Act.

Before joining the city, she worked in private practice for three years representing commercial real estate developers, municipalities and financial institutions.

Masoncup has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Iowa and a juris doctor degree from the Valparaiso School of Law.

Bobkiewicz says, “Michelle has been a key member of our Law Department for many years and has tackled some of our most interesting land transactions.  I look forward to her work leading the Law Department over the next few months.”

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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