by Jack Mayne Daniel Teodoru of Breckenridge, Colorado, has been hired as the new Burien city attorney effective Dec. 1, said City Manager Kamuron Gurol. Teodoru replaces now-retired City Attorney Craig Knutson, whom Gurol said gave â€œexemplary service to Burien.â€ Teodoru has been a partner in the Breckenridge law firm of West Brown Huntley and Teodoru. Breckenridge is a community of 28,000 people in the mountains west of Denver, and the county seat of Summit County. According to the law firmâ€™s website, Teodoruâ€™s practice has covered a â€œbroad spectrum of civil litigation and transactional matters, with a focus on land use, real estate, business law, and governmental affairs.â€ Teodoru was raised in New York and New Jersey, and then moved to Colorado in 1995 with his wife, Maria, the law firm site said. Before joining the law firm, Teodoru was assistant county attorney for Summit County for over twelve years, and dealt with what the law firm biography said was a â€œhighly varied scope of legal issues for the Summit County government. â€œHe is involved in many community activities and organizations, and is an avid runner and cyclist, competing in many races including ultra distance endeavors, as well as chasing around his young son, Luka,â€ the website said. Gurol said in a memo to Burien city employees that â€œafter conducting a thorough recruitment and evaluation process with strong competition, Dan emerged as the candidate that will best fit our needs, and I am excited to have him join the Burien team. â€œIâ€™m glad to have found in Dan the personal and professional qualities we identified in the recruitment announcement, including knowledge of and experience in municipal law, land use, contracts and franchises, personnel and risk management. â€œThe interview panel also found Dan to have a warm, engaging personality, good sense of humor and easy communication style â€“ all qualities that will serve him and us well in the coming years,â€ said Gurol. Until Teodoru begins work Gurol said that Chris Bacha with the Kenyon Disend law firm in Issaquah will provide legal services. â€œChris is familiar with Burien after having served as contract city attorney before Craig Knutson joined the city. Chris and his firm have a wealth of experience to draw upon, and I am happy he is able to help us through the interim period. Gurol said Knutson left â€œsome well-marked bread crumbs for Chris and Dan to follow as they get on board.â€]]>
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