The Newport Beach city attorney's office has terminated a contract with former City Attorney David Hunt's new law firm following his second arrest in less than two years, city officials said Tuesday.
Hunt was arrested Friday night on suspicion of drunk driving after he hit a parked car, police said.
The notice of termination with Hunt's new employer, Irvine-based Friedman Stroffe & Gerard, was sent out Tuesday and will take effect Oct. 11, said city spokeswoman Tara Finnigan.
No work had been performed under the contract, which the City Council approved 6 to 1 on Sept. 27. Councilwoman Leslie Daigle dissented, saying she was opposed to retaining his counsel.
"The action terminating the contract is fully allowed under the agreement," Hunt told the Daily Pilot via email Tuesday. "I accept and honor the city attorney's decision."
Although Hunt left his position as city attorney Sept. 6 because of concerns over the office's escalating budget, his services were retained to continue work on cases he had handled prior to leaving, according to the staff report.