· The City of Colorado Springs (“City”) is soliciting proposals from qualified law firms or individual attorneys licensed to practice law in the State of Colorado to provide professional legal services to the City of Colorado Springs Independent Ethics Commission (“Commission”) on an “as needed” basis. The law firm or individual attorney would act as the legal advisor to the Commission when the City Attorney determines in his or her sole discretion that the City Attorney’s Office will not act as the legal advisor. (Pg. 1)So we asked under what circumstances would the city attorney not be able to advise the Ethics Commission, to which the City Attorney's Office said via email, "Workload management, attorney availability, or a conflict of interest are all reasonable considerations. The purpose of the RFP was to have one or more attorneys or firms on call to fill in should the need arise."
· Selection of a firm or individual attorney from the list of identified firms or individuals to handle specific Independent Ethics Commission matters will be done on a case-by-case basis after consultation with the firm or individual regarding the facts of the matter and a conflicts check. It is the City Attorney’s intent to enter into a retention agreement with the selected firm or individual setting forth the Scope of Legal Services and fees for each Independent Ethics Commission matter for which outside counsel is needed. (Pg. 2)