Sticking to the long-held practice of politicians releasing uncomfortable news on a Friday evening, Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced today that her top legal brain has tendered his resignation.
City Attorney David Feldman, who joined the Parker administration in 2010, will resign effective January 16, 2015, according to a release from Parker's office. "Dave has provided great legal counsel for me and the entire City of Houston since his arrival nearly five years ago," Parker said in a statement. "His legal acumen is unmatched. Without his assistance, we would not have been able to accomplish many of my administration's priorities. I wish him the best of luck as he begins this new phase of his professional life. He will be missed at my executive staff table."
At an annual $350,000, Feldman became the second highest-paid city attorney in the nation after his sizable raise in January (the Chron reports that, prior to his pay bump, Feldman appeared to be on the verge of quitting).
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Feldman leaves at a tenuous time for the city, legally speaking. The city is still at an impasse with the city firefighter's pension fund, one of the last major city-union pension fights in the country. Feldman also quits as one of Parker's landmark achievements, the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, which provided safeguards against discrimination for the city's LGBT citizens, fights its way through the courts.