Jessica Cejnar Andrews / Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021 @ 5:22 p.m. / Local Government

Crescent City Councilors Poised to Hire Martha Rice As City Attorney


Crescent City Councilors will be asked to hire Martha Rice on full time as city attorney at a special meeting Wednesday.

Rice, of the Crescent City law firm Black and Rice, works for the city on an as-needed basis, City Manager Eric Wier told Councilors in October.

Councilors agreed to seek a full-time attorney who would report directly to them and offer a total of roughly 2,080 hours of work, which is about 1,000 hours more time than Rice is currently able to put in, according to Wier.

If Councilors approve her hire, Rice’s starting salary will be $118,164, according to the city’s staff report. The position has been included in the city’s 2021-22 budget.

Rice has worked deputy city attorney or city attorney since 2009. She has also provided legal counsel for the Crescent City Harbor, the Tolowa Dee-Ni’ Nation, Brookings and Eureka, according to the staff report.

City Councilors will also be asked to approve a $10,000 contract with Piece by Piece Pottery for the creation of a mural celebrating Crescent City’s relationship with Rikuzentakata, Japan. The proposed mural will be placed in Beachfront Park, according to the staff report.

The Crescent City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Flynn Center, 981 H Street in Crescent City.

Meetings are also held via Zoom and YouTube.


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