COSTA MESA - The city has saved millions of dollars since contracting out its city attorney duties to the Jones and Mayer law firm in the 2004-05 fiscal year, data released by city shows.
In the five years since Jones and Mayer was hired, Costa Mesa has paid about $4.7 million for legal representation. In the five years before, the city paid more than $7.5 million for its own in-house attorney, records show.
The annual savings averaged about $550,000 though costs fluctuated year to year by hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The data provided by the city did not include any legal settlements or judgments.
City officials said the city plans to post recent legal settlement costs on the city's website eventually, with settlements from past years coming last.