COSTA MESA — City Atty. Kimberly Hall Barlow announced Thursday that she will step down March 1.
Barlow is not a city employee. Costa Mesa, like many small- and medium-size cities, contracts out for counsel.
"Both personal and business reasons compel this decision — other challenges require my attention," Barlow, who works for the Jones & Mayer law firm, wrote in a letter to city officials. "Words are insufficient to convey my gratitude to the council members who selected me for this important position, and those with whom I have served in my over six year tenure as your city attorney."
Barlow has worked for Jones & Mayer since 1993, focusing her practice on municipal law and litigation. She is also acting deputy city attorney for several other cities the law firm serves.