March 1, 2024

San Clemente could be getting a new city attorney following a heated city council meeting where a razor thin majority decided to open up bids for the city’s top legal job over increasing legal fees.

Dissenting council members argued the move could cripple the city by removing their chief legal counsel and Replacing him with someone who’s inexperienced on the city’s issues.

The search for a possible replacement comes after years of highly publicized fights between City Attorney Scott Smith and Councilwoman Laura Ferguson, who showed a presentation during the council meeting breaking down her concerns with his tenure and calling for a review of other options.

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