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Mayor-Elect Brown Reappoints Laquidara as General Counsel
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Mayor-elect Alvin Brown today announced his intention to reappoint Cindy A. Laquidara to the position of General Counsel.  Her reappointment, which is subject to City Council approval, will be effective on July 1, 2011.

From 1998 to 2010, Laquidara served as Chief Deputy General Counsel for the City of Jacksonville. She was appointed General Counsel in July 2010 and was unanimously confirmed by the Jacksonville City Council.

Laquidara has extensive knowledge and experience in all areas of county and municipal government including advising elected and appointed officials in areas such as land use, commercial litigation, Sunshine Act and public documents laws, tort litigation, eminent domain, environmental matters, financial transactions and contracts.

 “Cindy Laquidara is an outstanding attorney and dedicated public servant who serves our community with distinction,” said Mayor-elect Brown. “Her work in the Office of General Counsel has been exemplary. Her continued presence there will allow the Office to continue to offer the best legal support possible for Jacksonville’s government agencies.”

If confirmed, Laquidara would serve until September 30, 2011. She has accepted a position in private practice that is effective October 1, 2011. Her continued service as General Counsel through the end of September will give Mayor-elect Brown time to seek a new General Counsel through the inclusive process set forth in the Charter, which includes consultation with constitutional officers and approval by the City Council.

Laquidara holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts and a law degree from Boston College Law School.  She is a member of the Massachusetts, New York and Florida bars as well as the United States District Court in Massachusetts, the Middle District of Florida and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

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