Special session called
RIVERSIDE—Leslie Lamping’s future as Riverside City Attorney may be revealed during a special city council meeting at 6 p.m. today.
According to city deputy clerk Lory Young, the city hasn’t officially received a resignation letter from Lamping yet. Mayor Bill Poch said he asked to have the special meeting. He said he found out a couple of days ago that Lamping planned to resign.
“Am I surprised?” Poch said. “Yeah, absolutely. I’m sure everybody else is, also.”
Poch said there is urgency for the city to find other representation.
“We could have waited but we have three or four things we need to move on,” he said.
Poch did not say what items the city needed to move on.
The Journal contacted Lamping for comment, but he was unavailable due to being in court.
As reported in the Aug. 7 edition of The Journal, the city council gave Lamping a deadline of July 31 for a written progress report on items the city asked him to look into. City deputy clerk Lory Young said nothing was received from Lamping at the city council meeting held on Aug. 5.
The council asked Young to put Lamping on the agenda for its Aug. 21 meeting. Young was also directed to reach out to law firms who have shown an interest in representing the City of Riverside.
At the city council meeting on Aug. 21, Lamping appeared and gave the council a report on what he has done. He said he had spoken to the county engineer about the annexation of Boise Street, asked whether or not the stormwater drainage easements would be for surface or underwater or both, and reviewed notes he had taken about a possible subdivision ordinance he looked at.
Lamping took responsibility for not having the work done by the city’s specific deadlines. He did not mention anything about submitting his resignation.