Following a national search, the Arvada City Council has appointed Rachel Morris as City Attorney. Morris, who previously served as the City’s Deputy City Attorney, replaces recently retired Christopher Daly, who had served in the position for nearly 25 years.
Arvada Mayor Marc Williams welcomed Morris to her new position, stating, "After a detailed process, Rachel was the unanimous choice to become the next City Attorney, and we look forward to working with her and the entire legal department as we move forward."
In 2017, Morris joined the Arvada staff as the City's litigation and employment law attorney and transitioned into the position of Deputy City Attorney shortly thereafter, where she managed the City Attorney's Office Civil Division, including the oversight of all legal services in the areas of land use, litigation, employment law, open records and open meetings law and contracts.
“It is an honor to serve this community and the Arvada City Council in this capacity,” said Morris. “I am grateful for the opportunity to work with a tale
nted team within the City Attorney’s office and across the City.”
Morris is an experienced litigation, employment and municipal law attorney with a background in both the private and public sectors. Her career in private practice focused on representation of clients in civil litigation, including employment and civil rights cases and personal injury and construction matters.
"I am looking forward to working with Rachel as we face the future challenges and opportunities within our community and organization," stated Arvada City Manager Mark Deven.
The City Attorney serves as the chief legal counsel for the Arvada City Council and oversees the legal aspects of all City projects and operations.