New city attorney

Published on February 03, 2021

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Lakewood’s new city attorney brings nearly 30 years of experience solely in municipal law that also includes a background as a city attorney, city prosecutor, law professor and litigation manager.

Alison McKenney Brown takes a proactive approach to the legal needs of a city in order to support a “community first” attitude, and her strength as a city attorney is in recognizing the need to balance a city's political, policy and economic realities with effective legal services.

Lakewood City Council hired McKenney Brown after making the decision to shift to having a city attorney on staff rather than contracting for those services. McKenney Brown started with the city on Jan. 18.

“Alison brings a broad range of skills and experiences to Lakewood, and I know her hands-on, constructive approach will result in her making important contributions that will serve the city and City Council in significant ways,” said City Manager Kathy Hodgson.

She most recently served as city attorney for the city of Englewood. In addition to providing legal advice to the mayor, council and all city departments, she was involved in redrafting the personnel manual and municipal code as well as the city’s COVID-19 response, federal CARES Act issues, redevelopment projects and ballot measures. Prior to that, she served as the city attorney for the city of Bel Aire, Kansas, and the city attorney for the city of Haysville, Kansas.

She earned her law degree from University of Kansas with an emphasis in water resources and local government, and in the same year, earned her master’s degree in public administration from Wichita State University.


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